Ken Wilson has ankled as prexy of the black music arm of MCA Records, sources said late Monday. The move signals a restructuring of the unit, which has had a spotty track record over the past 18 months.
Wilson’s ankling had been expected, as industry observers noted the wing’s lack of consistent presence in the marketplace.
The mostly lackluster performance also is highlighted when backdropped against the unequaled success of sister company Universal Records, which has made a name in the genre in less than two years.
When Wilson and veeps Stan Winslow and Hank Shocklee took the reins of the newly revamped arm in June 1996, MCA’s black music division was among the top performers within the then-dubbed MCA Music Entertainment Group.
Winslow and Shocklee, who was a holdover from a previous regime, have since exited the label. Marketing veep Ashley Fox also ankled Monday.
Although Wilson’s regime shepherded to the top of the sales charts the reunion disc from New Edition, “Home Again,” and Mary J. Blige’s latest, “Share My World,” Wilson never really made the transition from top-notch promotion exec to equally proficient label chief, according to insiders.
A veep of black music promotion for Columbia Records before inking with MCA, Wilson also failed to cultivate key industry and artist relationships, according to sources. He also didn’t substantially grow MCA’s black music roster.
The label confirmed the ankling, but declined further comment.