Report: Rubin offered Columbia co-chair


Rick Rubin, the veteran producer and head of Warner Music Group-based American Recordings, has has been offered a job as co-chairman of Columbia Records, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources.

The Times reported that Rubin is attempting to negotiate an early release from his existing pact with Warner Bros. Records, though any such agreement would still allow Rubin to produce for Warner-based artists, including the projects he has under way with Linkin Park and Metallica. The offer to join Columbia Records calls for Rubin to work closely with label chairman Steve Barnett, a former talent manager appointed to the post in late 2005, the Times reported.

Rubin, who made his name in the mid-1980s as the co-founder of rap label Def Jam, has scored hits recently as the producer of Red Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" and Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way."