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Paul Samuels to head up A&R at East West UK

By | Published on Wednesday 7 February 2018

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Warner Music has placed Paul Samuels in charge of A&R at its East West Records UK label, concurrent to his role doing the same at Atlantic UK.

At the same time, East West UK has announced the launch of a new imprint for “mainstream entertainers” called Warner Music Entertainment. Samuels will receive A&R support from Ric Salmon in that domain, with artists on the label including Cliff Richard, Bette Midler, Boyzone, Alexander Armstrong and Sheridan Smith – the latter of whom signed to East West last summer.

Says East West President Dan Chalmers: “Paul’s appointment and the launch of Warner Music Entertainment are a sign of our intent for East West. We’re determined to grow the label’s reputation as a home for artists with the power to move pop culture and the talent to become household names, whatever the genre. As we invest more in A&R, we’ll be nurturing a new generation of stars at East West, while providing an industry-leading service to mainstream stars at Warner Music Entertainment”.

Samuels himself adds: “I’m really excited for the chance to work with Angie [Somerside, General Manager] and Dan on the East West revival. They’ve already begun to create an impressive roster, together we’re going to develop it further and recapture the spirit of the legendary label”.

The first act Samuels has signed for East West is Irish singer-songwriter Áine Cahill, whose most recent single, ‘Blood Diamonds’, was released through indie label LAB Records last year.



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