Davis given global creative gig at music label

BMG has shaken up its side of the Sony BMG music empire, tapping Barry Weiss to replace Clive Davis and moving Davis to a position where he will work with major artists.

Barry Weiss has been upped to chairman-CEO of the BMG Label Group and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the group and its labels, which include RCA Records, Jive, J Records, LaFace, Arista, Volcano, Verity, GospoCentric and Fo Yo Soul.

Weiss, who served as prexy-CEO of the Zomba Label Group since its inception four years ago, will report to Sony BMG Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz. He will continue to oversee Zomba as part of the BMG Label Group in his new role.

The chief operating officers of Sony and BMG, Tim Bowen and Charles Goldstuck, will be ankling the company. Goldstuck, who had been in his current role for four years, helped found J Records with Davis. Bowen held several international jobs with BMG before taking the chief operating officer job in 2006.

Davis will receive the title of chief creative officer, Sony BMG Worldwide. He will report to Schmidt-Holtz. Most recently, Davis has been instrumental in the success of Leona Lewis, who this week became the first female British artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. album sales chart.

Richard Sanders, currently president of global marketing, will now become head of international, responsible for operations and regional offices worldwide. He will continue to oversee global marketing.

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