SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CEO ROB STRINGER unveiled the relaunch of ARISTA RECORDS under the leadership of music industry executive DAVID MASSEY. Most recently, MASSEY was Pres./CEO of ISLAND RECORDS.
MASSEY's leadership of ARISTA is part of a new "broad-based creative partnership" between the exec and SONY MUSIC. In addition, SONY MUSIC and MASSEY have entered into a new joint venture for MASSEY-led artist management and music publishing businesses.
Founded by CLIVE DAVIS in 1974, ARISTA RECORDS is among the most storied labels in the history of the recorded music business and previously served as the home to numerous iconic artists, including WHITNEY HOUSTON, THE KINKS, PATTI SMITH, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, CARLOS SANTANA, BARRY MANILOW and ARETHA FRANKLIN.
Said DAVIS, "I am really delighted to see the ARISTA name return to a place of prominence under an executive with the talents of DAVID MASSEY. DAVID is a true music man who has tremendous respect for artistry, and he is the ideal choice to carry on the label's great tradition."