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“Big” Jon Platt, who exited EMI Music Publishing in June after 17 years with the company, is headed to rival Warner/Chappell Music.
Billboard reported Friday that there’s official word what his title will be at the global music-publishing company, but reports are circulating that he’ll be head of creative. A formal announcement is expected early next week.
Platt has been rumored to be taking an Ethiopia Habtemariam-type dual label/publisher role at Warner after initial reports of him joining former boss Martin Bandier at Sony/ATV were dismissed.
Platt was president of North America creative when he left EMI Music Publishing on June 29. The company received the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award for publisher of the year every year during his stint, during which he signed such top hitmakers as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Usher, Diddy, Drake and Ludacris. He was described by those who worked under him as “beloved” and “adored.”
Fresh off her win for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna tweeted early Friday, “Congratulations to one if the best people in this industry, Jon Platt, on his new position as the head of Warner Chappell.”
Warner/Chappell is a division of Warner Music Group.
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