Universal Music Group adds music supervisor's Chop Shop Records

Tastemaking music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas is bringing her Chop Shop Records imprint to Universal Music Group, partnering with the music giant’s East Coast Label Group.

While Chop Shop’s existing catalog will remain with former partner label Atlantic Records, the agreement gives Patsavas the ability to work with UMG labels Island Def Jam, Republic Records and Motown on film and TV soundtracks.

Chop Shop president John Rubeli, the former VP of A&R for Atlantic, will remain with the label and oversee daily operations. He and Patsavas will work closely with Cynthia Sexton, UMG’s exec VP of strategic marketing.

For Patsavas and Chop Shop, the partnership will allow a degree of versatility in working with UMG’s East Coast labels, allowing her to release a rock-oriented soundtrack through Republic, for example, or an urban music project through Def Jam. It could also theoretically open up those labels’ artists to more frictionless soundtrack placement and give Chop Shop’s artist signings a pipeline into UMG.

Barry Weiss, chairman-CEO of UMG’s East Coast Label Group, said in a statement: “Alexandra is not just an incredibly gifted music supervisor but a storyteller, a tastemaker and a talent scout with a track record of success that speaks for itself.”

“I’m a big fan of the UMG roster and have always admired the care they take in breaking acts,” Patsavas said. “Their artist-friendly approach and careful strategic promotion of new artists is extremely impressive.”

Patsavas and Chop Shop handled music supervision and released soundtracks for all five “Twilight” films, three of which topped the U.S. album chart, as well as supervising and soundtracking such tune-centric shows as “Mad Men,” “Gossip Girl” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Presently, the label is primed to release soundtracks for Summit feature “Warm Bodies” and CW skein “The Carrie Diaries.”

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