New Capitol & Virgin Label Group president Dan McCarroll is continuing to make bold moves in restructuring the company's A&R department and on Thursday, announced the hiring of Alex Luke, who was formerly the director of global music initiatives for iTunes, as executive vice president of A&R.
Luke spent seven years at iTunes, where he was responsible for programming, music content acquisition, and artist relations, establishing partnerships with the likes of Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band and Radiohead. During his time at Apple, the online retailer expanded into 23 territories generating revenues of $3 billion. Los Angeles rock radio listeners may also recall that he hosted a weekly "iTunes at 2" program for now defunct station, Indie 103.1.
Said McCarroll in a statement: "Alex is simply one of the best music people I've had the privilege of working with. He has a great understanding of what it takes to have a hit and to sustain success, and he is able to work in partnership with artists to deliver the positive outcomes that they truly deserve."
The appointment comes after last week's announcement that Downtown Records' Michael Howe would also be joining the EMI-owned label group. In an internal memo, Luke is hailed as a "phenomenal team player" whose addition will "help make a real difference with our efforts in North American A&R."
Luke starts in January.