Epic ceases Harrell talks

Sony, Ex-Motown prexy cite 'philosophical differences'

In an usual move, publicists for Sony Music released a statement late Wednesday saying the company had terminated “discussions to bring Andre Harrell and Harrell Entertainment to Epic Records Group.”

Harrell had been in talks with the music conglom since last October, following his ouster as prexy/CEO of Motown two months earlier.

Harrell and Sony had been discussing Harrell’s return to the record label wars with a boutique operation designed to tap his talent-finding skills and boost Sony’s profile in the genre. (Daily Variety, Oct. 9)

The two-paragraph missive stated the talks ended “mutually and amicably, due to philosophical differences.”

When word of the pending deal with Harrell became public, many Sony Music insiders expressed concern that such a deal would cast Sony in an unfavorable light among artists in view of his track record at Motown, which yielded no significant newcomers after two years.

Harrell also alienated several of the label’s potent artists, including Diana Ross and Queen Latifah, during his reign.

Harrell will work as a consultant on the upcoming release of R&B crooner T.Q., whom Harrell discovered and Epic Records Group black music prexy Ron Sweeney inked to a recording pact last week.

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