The British are coming! Max Lousada has been named the new newly created position of CEO, Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, effective October 1, 2017. He is currently Chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK.
With this promotion, Lousada will oversee all of WMG’s global Recorded Music operations, including Atlantic, Warner Bros., Parlophone, Warner Music Nashville, Global Catalog/Rhino and Warner Classics, as well as WMG’s international Recorded Music affiliates and WMG’s Artist & Label Services divisions, WEA and ADA.
Reporting to WMG CEO Steve Cooper, Lousada will divide his time between London and New York, and will continue to lead Warner Music UK alongside his new worldwide responsibilities.
During his three years as CEO of Warner Music UK, Lousada and his team have grown market share, broken chart records, and released music that has achieved global success. Recent highlights include Ed Sheeran, who has smashed records around the world with the release of ÷ (Divide), while his single “Shape of You” is the longest running No.1 for a British artist since the early ‘90s; Coldplay, who were named the biggest band in the world by the IFPI following the release of A Head Full of Dreams; Clean Bandit, whose single “Rockabye” was at No.1 for nine weeks, and Jess Glynne, whose debut album was among the top ten best-sellers for two consecutive years.