Warner Music has appointed Aaron Randall and Bill Ashton as Songkick’s new Managing Directors. Because Warner Music owns gig recommendations service Songkick, as I’m sure you all remember. Who could forget? Not me.
Randall already works at Songkick, and will also continue in his role as Chief Technology Officer. Ashton, meanwhile, moves over form the main Warner Music business, where he was SVP Artist Services.
“This is a hugely exciting time for Songkick”, screech Anston and Randall together giddily. “We’ve got ambitious expansion plans and we’re delighted to lead the team as we set about implementing them. Building connections between fans and artists is what really excites us and that ethos is at the heart of Songkick’s business. We want to keep developing our technology and products so we can super serve and further grow our community of passionate, engaged users”.
Emmy Lovell, who is EVP of WEA Europe, the Warner artist services division that directly oversees Songkick, adds: “Bill was instrumental in helping bring Songkick into Warner Music and aligning its strategy with ours, while Aaron has developed its unbeatable tech that makes it such a user friendly experience. Together, they’re the perfect choice to take the lead as we seek to further accelerate Songkick’s growth”.
Randall and Ashton together replace current Songkick CEO Mark McIntyre, who will step down this summer. He will remain involved in the company in an advisory role, as well as working on other Warner projects.
While Warner acquired the gig recommendations part of Songkick in 2017, it did not take on the accompanying ticketing business. That meant it wasn’t lumped with the ongoing legal action between the then independent Songkick business and live giant Live Nation. That action was settled six months later.