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O’BRIEN’S EPIC DEAL

Vet music producer takes senior veep post

Producer Brendan O’Brien has joined Epic Records as a senior veep. In the new post, O’Brien will serve as a creative resource for the label on recording and artist development projects.

In addition to his duties as part of the label’s senior management team, O’Brien will also continue to operate the Atlanta-based 57 Records and Shotput Records, a pair of labels tied into his production agreement with Sony Music Entertainment, Epic’s owner. He’ll also produce a limited number of outside recording projects.

“Brendan has a solid grasp of all the essentials that make a great executive,” said Richard Griffiths, Epic Records president. “I have come to appreciate not only his creative judgments, but his ability to understand and address executive, business and musical concerns that arise during the course of a project.”

O’Brien, a nine-time Grammy Award nominee, has worked with a variety of artists, but is perhaps most closely associated with Pearl Jam, having produced four of the band’s albums, and with Stone Temple Pilots, for whom O’Brien has shepherded three discs.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to stretch myself in new directions,” said O’Brien, “and ready to bring what I know and love to Epic and its artists.”

O’Brien added to his Grammy nominations tally Tuesday with a nod in the producer of the year category for his work on Pear Jam’s “No Code,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Evil Empire” and Stone Temple Pilots’ “Tiny Music Songs From the

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