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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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Sylvia Rhone
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1wicked (1wicked)
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I wish her nothing but the best. I've never heard a negative word about her (from anyone other than her "competition")...and she seems to be fiercely devoted to her artists. Gerald LeVert and Missy Elliot (among other artists) owe much of their success to Sylvia Rhone...as do the "suits" who benefited from her turn around of Elektra.
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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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Anita Baker and Sylvia Rhone did not hit it off according to some. Anita got her release from Elektra/Atlantic without releasing anything.
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Congratulations Sylvia, and much success in revitalizing a great marque.
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Shawn1 (shawn1b)
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Hoperully she won't be big jerk about what the fans want like some of the past people have been are they dismiss the artist that made Motown what it was .Shawn
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1wicked (1wicked)
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Based on most reports, Ms. Baker didn't hit it off with most people. (LOL) AND...To make it to where she is in a male dominated industry...I'm sure Ms. Rhone is no shrinking violet (with artists) when it comes to what she wants for a label SHE'S running.
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Don (don)
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I heard much about Ms. Rhone but I like to find out much more about her accomplishments and achievements.
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1wicked (1wicked)
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Don:

www.theleagueonline.org/Alum/s ylvia.html

www.womanet.org/People/Sylvia_ Rhone/
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Don (don)
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Thanx 1Wicked.
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mike s (mike_s)
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She has a solid track reocrd and should bring respect back to Motown, given a chance. I still think Motown should maintain its heritage and concentrate on the great library of music and the artists that built the label.
It has sadly just become a boutique label for new artists and just another label name for Universal to put their artists on. Whether Sylvia can revive that, who knows? My guess is that it is all too late.
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Unless, of course if our Harry Weinger is involved in a MAJOR capacity!
He IS the person who could pull if off, for sure.
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Raymond Ennifer (benlynx)
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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The return to the music industry's senior executive ranks of Sylvia Rhone, the first African-American woman to head a major record company, is now official.

The former chairman/CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group has been appointed president of Motown Records and executive VP of Universal Records. Kedar Massenburg, who had been Motown president/CEO, exited the company in July.

Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Doug Morris said in a statement, "Sylvia is a first-class music executive who not only brings a unique understanding of the creative community but extensive management experience."

Under the terms of Rhone's multiyear contract, she will helm the Motown label, whose roster includes Stevie Wonder, India.Arie and Erykah Badu. In her executive VP role, Rhone will be involved in various musical projects that encompass the UMG family of labels. She reports to Mel Lewinter, chairman/CEO of Universal Motown Records Group, and, in turn, to Morris.

Rhone's segue to Universal reunites her with both Morris and Lewinter, who worked with her at Atlantic Records.

"Working with both Doug and Mel is a homecoming for me," Rhone says. "I had the privilege of working for Doug in my early years and consider him a mentor. What's exciting about the company is it has such a depth of creative assets. The collaboration possibilities with the sister labels are limitless."

New York-based Rhone's primary focus at this early juncture is to develop and build the Motown roster.

"I see this as a very diverse label," Rhone says. "The Motown of old was in a different time period. People's tastes are very broad now. So we have to adapt to this time period and make sure we appeal to the consumers."

Michael McDonald's second album of Motown covers, "Motown 2," is due this month. The label's 2005 slate includes Wonder, Brian McKnight, Badu and India.Arie.

Rhone began her music career in 1974 with Buddha Records. Advancing to senior VP of Atlantic Records in 1988, she became the first African-American woman to head a major record company in 1990, when she was appointed president/CEO of Atlantic division East West Records America.

The following year, she was promoted to chairman/CEO of the combined Atco/EastWest and subsequently EastWest Records America. During that time she worked with such acts as En Vogue, Gerald Levert and Simply Red.

Rhone then became the first African-American and first woman to serve as chairman of a major label when she was named chairman/CEO of Elektra in 1994. She oversaw the consolidation of four labels into the Elektra Entertainment Group, whose roster included Missy Elliott, Metallica, Jet, Fabolous and Yolanda Adams. Rhone exited that post in March after Elektra's absorption into Warner Music Group.

and one part there, makes me think the same as mike..

"I see this as a very diverse label," Rhone says. "The Motown of old was in a different time period. People's tastes are very broad now. So we have to adapt to this time period and make sure we appeal to the consumers."

aren't people like us old motown music lovers consumers?

at least motown in the u.k. and hip-o-select are still to release some of the older material..
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Folks:
Sylvia Rhone has a challenging task in front of her, which is to make Motown Records a label that can develop artists and release (quality) new material that can compete against whatever the competition can come up with.

She led Atlantic, East-West and Elektra through some fine successes from Gerald Levert to En Vogue, Metallica to Motley Crue and I do wish her the best.

The only issue - albeit nit-picky - I have with her statement is the quote that Raymond has focused on. Weren't folks' musical tastes diverse THEN as they are NOW?

Kevin Goins - KevGo
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mike s (mike_s)
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I agree with Kev. Musical tastes were just as diverse then as now..except the quality (in musical terms)was higher..and so maybe there was more of an appeal across the board in those days.
Once again, it seems the thought of producing new music in this day and age for anyone over the age of 25 or 30 is just heresy for these conglomerates.
We "oldies" apparently are left to continue to buy up recycled and unreleased material and in real terms support the record industry in finding new and generally lacklustre talent which they throw out when the marketing pitch has faded.
Sorry! rant over....

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