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A&R executive and Cherrytree Records chairman Martin Kierszenbaum has recommitted to Interscope Geffen A&M, and will remain in the position of senior executive of A&R for Interscope Records.
Kierszenbaum, who founded the pop-alternative label Cherrytree Records in 2005, briefly parted ways with Interscope in June 2012, but came to a mutual agreement after a five-week departure. The Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter attracted indie-minded artists like Feist, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, LMFAO, Keane and Far East Movement into the mainstream music sector. Over the last two years, Cherrytree has scored three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It”) as well as a No. 2 single with Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” which has sold more than three million downloads in the U.S.
“[Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman and CEO] Jimmy Iovine not only gave me the opportunity to start Cherrytree Records in 2005, but also the support, advice and encouragement to sign progressive artists with a point of view and stick with them until they break,” Kierszenbaum said in a statement. “I’m not only deeply grateful to him, but also over the moon about the arrival of John Janick, one of the premiere record executives in the business, to the helm of Interscope Geffen A&M where I’m excited to begin this new chapter for Cherrytree.”
Additionally, Kierszenbaum has been instrumental in developing the global careers of Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Soundgarden, Will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas. His latest pop-alternative signings include British symphonic alt-rock band Wolf Gang, Canadian pop-rock band Marianas Trench (whose singer Josh Ramsay co-wrote the blockbuster smash “Call Me Maybe” with Carly Rae Jepsen), producer/DJ RAC (who has worked with U2, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lady Gaga and Tegan and Sara).
“Martin has incredible global expertise when it comes to both signing and marketing artists,” commented Iovine. “His musical background gives him a feel for the records they want to make, and his international mindset gives him the advantage in breaking them on a worldwide level.”
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