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Sylvia Rhone Named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records

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Music industry executive Sylvia Rhone has been promoted to chairman and CEO of Epic Records. The announcement was made today by Sony Music Entertainment. In her new role, Rhone will lead the creative direction and management of Epic, home to artists including Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, and French Montana.

Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer, who Rhone will continue to report to, describes her as a “trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic’s recent artist development success. Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Epic’s roster around the world.”

Sylvia Rhone has served as President of Epic Records since 2014. According to Billboard, Rhone has overseen the release of projects for artists such as Future, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, and more. Prior to joining Sony, Sylvia Rhone spent eight years as the President of Universal Motown Records and Executive Vice President at Universal Records. She was the first African American woman to be named the chairman of a major record company, working as the Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Entertainment Group from 1994-2004.

“I am excited to continue my amazing journey at Epic Records supported by Rob Stringer’s vision and leadership,” stated Rhone. “Everything we do is a testament to our incredible artists who set the bar of the entire Epic culture, inspiring our dedicated executive team every day and enriching the legacy of this great label.”

ESSENCE Black Women In Music Honors Solange and Lianne La Havas During Grammy Week

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This year the 3rd Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Music will be honoring artists Solange and Lianne La Havas in a ceremony held during Grammy week. Kelly Rowland and ESSENCE Editor- In-Chief  Emil Wilbekin, will be hosting the event on February 6th where the two honorees will also be performing. Previous years’ ceremonies have included this year’s host Kelly Rowland, as well as Sylvia Rhone, Mary J. Blige, and Janelle Monae.

Of Solange, ESSENCE notes her growth as an artists and her continued effort to bring a fresh new sound to music, as demonstrated in her recently released single Losing You, and the critically acclaimed mixtape that spawned it, True. With Lianne La Havas, The LA Times said that she’s a “natural talent with boundless potential whose charisma is matched only by her prowess.” Both artists have been heating up lately and we’ve included some of their most recent work for your listening pleasure. What do you think?

Solange – Losing You
Download Solange’s EP True Here
Lianna La Havas – Lost and Found