Ousted Epic Records President Amanda Ghost Now Working With Florence and the Machine

4:29 PM PST 02/23/2011 by THR staff
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Former Epic Records president Amanda Ghost, who was the subject of a Hollywood Reporter expose in fall 2010 when she was released from corporate duty after a series of embarrassing public incidents, is back in business. The British songwriter is currently in the studio working on new songs with Florence and the Machine, Ghost’s friend and longtime collaborator Boy George tells THR in a new interview.

“She's back doing what she should be doing and what she really excels at,” says George. “Amanda is a great writer and she’s very passionate about it. I've never seen her happier than she is right now.”

Prior to her Epic stint, Ghost co-wrote the 2005 James Blunt hit “You’re Beautiful,” for which she received the prestigious Ivor Novello award. Her success as a songwriter brought Ghost to the attention of Columbia-Epic Label Group chairman Rob Stringer, who offered her the position of president in 2009. But a year into her contract with the Sony Music-owned label, Ghost began losing the support of her staff, and after several outbursts, was quietly shown the door in late 2010. 

“To be honest, for a long time before she left Sony, she wasn't sure what she was doing there anyway,” says George of Ghost. “When Amanda took the job, she was nervous about it, but I think she tried her hardest. It was a job she knew was going to be difficult and we talked about it a lot. I was really suspicious, but you can’t turn down an opportunity like that.” 

As for THR’s article, George says Ghost was “really upset” about its publication, but his assessment was less dramatic. “I read it and I was like, ‘It's not that bad!’," he says. “I told her, ‘You should see some of the things written about me. That's nothing.' I was expecting far worse.”

A rep for Florence and the Machine was not available for comment. The band performs “If I Rise” from the movie 127 Hours with the song’s composer A.R. Rahman on Sunday’s Academy Awards. 

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