Polo Grounds Extends Record-Breaking Joint Venture at RCA Records

2:36 PM PST 07/07/2014 by Roy Trakin
Courtesy of RCA Records
(l-r) RCA CEO Peter Edge, PGM's Bryan Leach and president/COO Tom Corson play Polo.

The renewed deal with Bryan Leach's label, now in its ninth year, represents the longest Urban pact in label's history.

Bryan Leach’s Polo Grounds Music entered a long-term extension with RCA Records, it was announced by label CEO Peter Edge and president/coo Tom Corson. The partnership, now in its ninth year, is the longest hip-hop/Urban music joint venture in RCA’s history.

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Leach’s Polo Grounds Music (PGM) has experienced consistent chart success since its inception in 2005. The label has garnered global recognition by not only dominating the Urban and Rhythmic charts, but has also held strong positioning on the Latin and Pop charts. Signing critically acclaimed artists like Grammy nominated A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and Latin Grammy Award winner Pitbull, the New York-based imprint boasts sales of well over 70 million singles and 12 million albums worldwide (inclusive of TEAs). The releases over the years have also included multi-platinum singles from Hurricane Chris ("A Bay Bay") as well as releases by Yo Gotti. In the upcoming months, PGM is scheduled to release new albums by A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg as well as the A$AP Mob, LA rap collective OverDoz. and albums by new signings Diamond, Sicko Mobb, Lantana and Yung Joc.

Polo Grounds Music is also expanding its executive team with the recent appointment of Motisola Zulu as general manager. Derrick "Big Teach" Turton and Amy Johnson have both been named vice presidents. More staff announcements will be made in the near future as PGM adds to its creative team.

Leach’s career spans over two decades, formerly spearheading the Urban roster for independent label TVT Records. Under Leach’s direction as vp A&R, the label held Billboard’s No. 1 indie title for five consecutive years as he went on to discover and develop some of the most influential artists in hip-hop, including Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz, the Ying Yang Twins and Pitbull, selling over 10 million albums. Leach also held the position of svp urban for RCA Music Group from 2006-'14, in addition to serving as president of his Polo Grounds Music imprint. Throughout his illustrious career, Leach has been featured in Crain's 40 Under 40, Billboard's Urban Power List and more.

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Commenting on the historic partnership, Leach said, "These past eight years have been exciting for Polo Grounds Music in launching the careers of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Yo Gotti and Pitbull, and we’re loving the future challenges of breaking more new artists as well as exploring more ways to better serve our roster. Peter and Tom have been great supporters and partners and the executive team and roster of talent at RCA is unmatched."

Added RCA CEO Edge: "We are excited about the extension of the partnership between Polo Grounds Music and RCA. The breadth of amazing artists signed to PGM is a shining example of Bryan's keen intuition to discover and develop talent that will resonate with fans for years to come."

Concluded RCA president/COO Corson: "Over the past eight years, PGM/RCA has developed a proven track record of chart-topping, multi-platinum selling hits and we look forward to enjoying continued success with Bryan and the PGM team.”

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