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Music PR appointments galore

By | Published on Monday 31 January 2011

Sony Music

Someone’s kicked off the music PR merry go round. I’m not sure who started it, but here are some of the results.

First, Shoshanna Stone, formerly head of press for Sony UK’s RCA division, is joining the Outside Organisation to set up a new multimedia PR division doing press, telly and online. She will take with her some of the artists she has worked with at RCA as clients, including Britney Spears, Usher and John Legend.

Second, James Hopkins, formerly head of press for Sony UK’s other big division, Columbia, is also leaving the major, though for him it’s a move into management, he leaving to set up a UK office for US-based Vector Management, which manages Kings Of Leon, Kesha and Kid Rock, as well as some other artists whose names don’t begin with K.

This leaves two holes in the Sony press infrastructure, both of which will be filled by former Universal press reps. Chloe Melick, formerly of the Polydor PR team, will take over as head of press at RCA on an interim basis, while Louise Mayne from the Mercury Records press team will take over at Columbia.

Unrelated to all of this, entertainment PR agency PPR has announced the recruitment of Rajina Gurung, who was previously with radio pluggers Hart Media.