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EMI spins Lundvall up to Blue Note CEO

Exec upped from prexy post

Record exec Bruce Lundvall has been promoted to CEO of EMI’s storied jazz imprint Blue Note Records, as well as its Manhattan and Angel divisions.

Lundvall, whose career spans four decades and almost as many record companies, moves up from prexy of the three labels. He took on the top spot at Blue Note in 1988. Exec has also been the East Coast general manager of Capitol Records for the same period.

At Blue Note, he has enjoyed success in recent months with jazzy young songstress Norah Jones, who has sold almost 300,000 copies of her debut “Come Away With Me” in the U.S. But Lundvall’s strong track record stretches much further, including talent like Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor and Wynton Marsalis.

Lundvall began his career in 1960 at Columbia Records, eventually rising to become the domestic president of that label’s parent, CBS Records in 1976. Six years later, he moved to Elektra Records, and became president of the combined Elektra/Asylum by 1983.

Exec finally arrived at EMI in 1984, where he got a deal to create pop imprint Manhattan and return the suspended Blue Note brand to glory. Since then, the label has had hits from acts like Stanley Jordan, Cassandra Wilson, and John Scofield.