Madonna sounded off on songwriting camps and other aspects of modern hitmaking in the comments section of an Instagram post by her longtime manager Guy Oseary.On Friday, Oseary posted an old MTV News video of Madonna with himself and host Kurt Loder, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of her “Ray of Light” album, which in many ways relaunched the singer’s musical career with an electronic sound courtesy of the album’s primary producer, William Orbit. “Love this woman. Love this...
The Jerusalem-born talent manager, financier, entrepreneur and author launched his career as an A&R executive of Madonna’s Maverick label, eventually becoming head of the company and then her manager.
He later started his own management stable — which grew to include U2 — after Live Nation acquired and merged his company with Paul McGuinness’ Principle Management in a $30 million deal in 2013. A year later, he along with nine prominent artist managers (among them representatives for Paul McCartney and Britney Spears) pooled their businesses in a new consortium under the Maverick banner.
Oseary’s show business aspirations first revealed themselves during his Beverly Hills High School years, where Oseary parlayed a friendship with the daughter of Freddy DeMann – who worked as Madonna’s manager — into a meeting that led to an A&R gig at the pop star’s fledgling label when he was 19. During the 90s, he went on to sign Seattle post-grunge rock band Candlebox, whose debut sold 3.5 million copies, but it was multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alanis Morrissette that put the label on the map, and led to the launch of a film division.
Oseary’s interests outside of music include having partnered with Jason Weinberg and Stephanie Simon to form Untitled Entertainment, teaming up with Live Nation veteran Arthur Fogel to guide Madonna through high-grossing tours in 2006, 2008-9 and 2012. He is also a co-founder, along with Ashton Kutcher and Ronald Burkle of A-Grade Investments, which has stakes in companies such as Airbnb, Foursquare, Shazam, SoundCloud, Spotify and Uber. With Madonna, he founded the gym chain Hard Candy Fitness and partnered with Iconix Brand Group to launch a lifestyle brand, “Truth or Dare by Madonna.”
He is the author of four books, including “Jews Who Rock,” and has made cameo appearances in films “Charlies Angels” and “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.”