A downside of Prince’s fierce desire to own the rights his music is that he took many recordings out of circulation, apparently figuring if he couldn’t make what he felt he deserved, no one would. Many titles have been reissued in the years since his death in April of 2016, and his estate will release three titles through Sony Music — the 1996 albums “Emancipation” and “Chaos and Disorder,” and the rare cassette-only “Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)” — on Sept. 13 that have long been unavailable as physical products.
“The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)” was originally a limited edition promotional-only cassette of previously unreleased material given to attendees of the Versace runway at Paris Fashion Week in July 1995. A first glimpse of Prince's then-upcoming “Gold Experience,” the cassette featured remixed versions of the album’s songs "P. Control," "Gold" and "Eye Hate U" as well as rare unreleased music by The New Power Generation, The NPG Orchestra, and Prince's jazz-fusion project Madhouse.
A reproduction of the cassette was released in another limited edition for Record Store Day 2019; it will now be available on CD and vinyl. Many tracks — not available in the same form elsewhere — were remixed or edited specifically to make the cassette “its own seamless sonic universe,” according to the announcement, as well as a rare Prince collectible.
“Chaos and Disorder” was Prince’s final album of new material through his original deal with Warner Bros., and “Emancipation” — the title referencing his freedom from that Warner deal — is a triple-CD set released through EMI later in 1996; both albums will be released on vinyl (purple vinyl, no less) for the first time next month.
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“Joel has been an integral and key part of the success of Columbia over the past 6 years," said Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer. "He is a great executive and I know he will succeed in his next endeavor!”
I wish continued success to him and the Columbia team. Thank you to Ron Perry. I am excited for my next chapter.” I want to thank Rob Stringer for the opportunity and support. Added Klaiman: “I am leaving my role after an incredible six-year run at Columbia Records.
I wish him continued success in his next phase.” Said Ron Perry: “I would like to thank Joel for his contributions to the Columbia team.
Klaiman was named to Variety's 2017 Hitmakers list for having played a key role in the success of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” and the Chainsmokers' “Paris” and “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay. Other successful projects with which he was involved include Adele's "25," David Bowie's "Blackstar," Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and One Direction's last three albums.
He also spent six years at Republic as executive vp of promotion and artist development working with such acts as Amy Winehouse, Florence + the Machine, Taylor Swift, Gotye and more. Could he be eyeing a return to the Universal Music Group label? Columbia was Klaiman's second stint at Sony Music, having previously held senior promotion roles at Epic Records Group and Sony 550 Music from 1996 to 2006, rising to executive VP of promotion at Epic. One high-ranking industry source suggests as much.
Klaiman's exit comes seven months after Ron Perry took the top job at the Sony Music label and in the wake of recent departures by senior VP of pop promotion Jon Borris, A&R executive Mark Williams and EVP of Marketing Doneen Lombardi. According to sources, Perry continues to restructure staff as he settles into his chairmanship, though Klaiman's exit is said to be a "mutual parting."
A veteran promotion and marketing executive, he joined the label in 2012 and most recently served as executive VP and GM. Joel Klaiman is leaving Columbia Records, Variety has confirmed. Among his responsibilities, Klaiman oversaw the label’s marketing, digital marketing, promotion, publicity, branding, sync licensing, video production and content development departments.
On July 27, Variety reported that Warner Bros. Records executive VP and GM Peter Gray is leaving the company. Earlier in the month, Atlantic Records executive VP of Promotion John Boulos announced he was departing. The major labels have seen a spate of EVP-level exits of late. Boris, as Variety reported in June, landed at Big Machine Label Group.” />

The rapper, whose hit "Gucci Gang" currently boasts more than 760 million views on YouTube and 413 million plays on Spotify, has been closely watched by the industry, not just because he broke out of SoundCloud virtually overnight, but also due to his public contract renegotiation with WBR. 17.) It is also anticipated that Pump will head over to a Sony Music label once his contractual obligations to Warner Bros. Records are fulfilled and following a post-release hold of at least six months. (Pump turns 18 on Aug. Pump, whose real name is Gazzy García, was a minor when he signed with the label, which his attorney John Branca of Ziffren Brittenham argued left him open to competing offers.
That deal is said to be in the $3 million range and involved what was described as a highly contentious bidding war. Whispers of an impending deal had been floated for some time as TLG artist Dominic Fike was reported to be signing with Sony, which Variety has confirmed. Among the suitors were Universal Music's Republic Records and Interscope, WBR sister label Atlantic Records as well as RCA and Epic.
Battle is a native of South Florida who launched TLG as a full-service entertainment company encompassing a record label, music publishing, management and touring divisions. His "one-stop shop for a new generation of social media-driven music stars" is also home to Detroit rappers Zay Hilfigerr and Zayion McCall, whose viral hit “Juju on That Beat” landed the duo a label deal with Atlantic Records.
Within the Sony system, Fike will land at Columbia, run by Ron Perry, who came in as chairman at the top of the year. He succeeded Rob Stringer, who serves as CEO of Sony Music.
announced Pump's re-signing in March, marking the first major move for the new leadership regime at the label. Warners' winning bid turned out to be a reported $8 million for a one-project deal. in early 2017 that was shepherded by then WBR chairman Cameron Strang. Co-chairman/COO Tom Corson officially took the helm in January after several successful years at RCA; co-chairman/CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck remains under contract to Interscope until September. Warner Bros. Tha Lights Global signed a joint venture deal with Warner Bros.
Sony eyed the venture as a way to fortify its efforts in the Urban realm, say insiders, viewing HLG as a forward-thinking, hip-hop-centric, youth-oriented hub with a significant social media footprint thanks to a stable of influencer talent. The deal was said to involve multiple bidders and a price tag that neared $10 million, though some sources place the final tally at nearly twice that figure.
But as Interscope Geffen A&M chairman John Janick recently told Variety, deals for budding rappers are more competitive than ever. Fike, who hails from Naples, Florida and is relatively new to the scene, boasts a modest social following.
Fike is represented by Javier Sang, AKA Jay from World Star, Stan "The Man" Gabart, David Fernandez and Daniel Alvarez of Almost-Nothing.
Modeling TLG after multi-leveled concerns like Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Sean Combs’ Bad Boy or the Williams brothers’ Cash Money, according to its website, Dooney told Variety in January, "We can be more nimble than a major label. We know six months before whether something is going to be the biggest record in the country.” When we work a record, we have the analytics to back it up.
When reached by Variety, reps for Sony Music and Tha Lights Global had no comment.” />
The multi-million-dollar deal will align TLG with Sony Music and allow the label to place or distribute its artists through any of Sony's own properties, among them Columbia, Epic and RCA Records. Sony Music has entered into a formal partnership with Tha Lights Global, the company co-founded by Dooney Battle, best known for managing Lil Pump, Variety has learned.