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Atlantic UK announces Briony Turner and Ed Howard as new presidents

By | Published on Wednesday 18 December 2019

Ed Howard & Briony Turner

Warner Music has announced Briony Turner and Ed Howard as joint Presidents of Atlantic Records UK. They replace Ben Cook, who recently announced he was stepping down from his role atop the Warner division.

Turner is currently co-Head Of A&R at the label, while Howard joins from Atlantic imprint Asylum, where he is Managing Director.

“From its inception in the States over seven decades ago, to the creation of the first stand-alone Atlantic Records UK company in 2004, the label has been guided by A&R-driven, independent-spirited leaders”, says newly appointed Warner Music UK CEO Tony Harlow.

“Briony and Ed are carrying on that tradition with enormous success, time and time again showing that they can spot truly original talent and develop global superstars”, he rambles onwards. “Their artists break the mould, transcend boundaries, and drive the conversation. They are brilliantly suited to take this culture-shifting label into the future”.

Turner comments: “Atlantic has been my home for ten years this month, and I couldn’t be more excited to be embarking on this next phase with Ed and the team. Giving artists the care, guidance and support they need to create their best music is what we strive to do every day at Atlantic UK”.

“This artist-first philosophy”, she waffles onwards, “is at the heart of what Ed and I believe in, and I know that together, we’ll keep pushing Atlantic forward, breaking new ground as we go. I’d like to thank our outstanding Atlantic team for their continued support, and [also] join Ed in welcoming Tony into the Warner Music UK family”.

Does Howard have anything to say? Sure he does: “Since relaunching Asylum twelve years ago, our aim has been to match the creativity, passion and drive of the unique artists with whom we’re privileged to work. We’ve sparked collaboration and opportunity across our creative community, with an ambition to move the world”.

“That philosophy extends to the entire Atlantic roster, team and culture”, he burbles onwards. “And, I know it will form the foundation of my partnership with Briony. I’m so proud to begin this chapter with her, Tony, and the incredible Atlantic team, as we nurture generation-defining talent from the UK and across the globe”.

Ben Cook resigned his position as President at Atlantic UK in October due to a recent controversy over a fancy dress costume he wore to a party in 2013. In a statement announcing his departure from the company he said that it had been “offensive” and “a terrible mistake” to dress as a member of Run DMC.