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Cherrytree chief departs Universal

By | Published on Tuesday 26 June 2012

Universal Music

Universal executive Martin Kierszenbaum is departing the major, and is taking his Cherrytree Records imprint with him.

The songwriter and A&R exec has headed up Interscope division Cherrytree (a sort of play on the German-to-English translation of his surname) since 2005, and has enjoyed successes with Feist, LMFAO, La Rouz and Robyn, and was involved in Lady Gaga’s first two records for the major too.

Confirming his departure from Universal, which seemingly comes after the exec and the major couldn’t agree terms for a new contract, Kierszenbaum told Billboard the he’d leave Interscope at the end of the week and looked “forward to sharing our plans for the next chapter of Cherrytree soon”.

It’s not yet clear what Kierszenbaum’s departure, and Cherrytree seemingly becoming independent of the major, means for those artists currently signed to Interscope/Cherrytree deals.