Sony BMG ends its Nashville two-step

RCA chief Galante to oversee merger

The two Nashville divisions of Sony BMG are being combined into one, with RCA Label Group chief Joe Galante taking over as chairman of the operation.

RCA Label Group and Sony Music Nashville, which had operated separately since the Sony BMG merger 29 months ago, will become Sony BMG Nashville. Sony staff moved into the RCA building about a year ago.

“With this move we will be better positioned to intensify our efforts in the areas of A&R and artist development and to meet the challenges of a constantly evolving and highly competitive marketplace,” Sony BMG chief exec Rolf Schmidt-Holtz wrote in a memo sent to employees Wednesday.

Sony BMG would not comment on any possible layoffs. Sony Music Nashville prexy John Grady is expected to leave the company.

RCA Label Group includes RCA, BNA and Arista Nashville labels. Roster includes Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans. Hitmakers for Sony Music Nashville include Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry and Buddy Jewell.

The Nashville offices were the only operations within Sony BMG that had not been merged.

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