EMI taps 2 for Manhattan

Duo to o'see signing adult artists for revived label

EMI Recorded Music has hired music biz veterans Arif Mardin and Ian Ralfini as co-vice presidents and general managers of the newly revived label Manhattan Records.

The pair will oversee the signing of adult music artists, who will be marketed through either classical imprint Angel Records or storied jazz diskery Blue Note Records.

Mardin and Ralfini, who will report to Bruce Lundvall, prexy of Capitol Jazz and Classics (which includes Angel and Blue Note), will also provide executive and creative leadership to Angel and Blue Note, as well as produce acts for the two divisions and other EMI labels.

Mardin, whose career spans virtually the entire history of pop music, has produced more than 40 gold and platinum records and won six Grammys. His production and arranging credits include work for such artists as Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees and Jewel.

Ralfini, who began his career in Britain, has held top posts at Warner-Reprise U.K., ABC Records U.K. and MGM Records U.K. Exec had a hand in signing such acts as Fleetwood Mac and the Faces. Most recently, he worked as a consultant to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

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