Ex-marketing consultant to head A&R Labels

Steven Melrose, the former marketing consultant who manages the Crystal Method and Sam Sparro, has joined EMI as vice president, A&R Labels. He will be based in Los Angeles.

Melrose has been an A&R consultant to labels such as Atlantic and Island and co-founded the independent label City of Angels, where he signed the Crystal Method and then entered into a deal for the band with Geffen’s Outpost Recordings. He also managed Giant Drag, Eastern Conference Champions and the Shys.

He is leaving his job at Leftwing, a management and publishing company that also runs the label Retone Records. Jesse Rogue will take over the day-to-day management of Sparro, and Tony Toro will handle the company’s developing acts.

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