Sony/ATV Appoints Shawn Holiday, Head of Urban Music

Shawn Holiday has been appointed Head of Urban Music at Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

In this newly-created position Holiday will be based in Los Angeles and oversee the company’s urban music operations. He will report to Co-Presidents, U.S. Danny Strick and Rick Krim.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: “I’ve had the privilege of working with Shawn for many years and this promotion is truly well-deserved and a valuable one for Sony/ATV. His creative instincts and people skills are amazing and he is well respected across the music industry. He will be an important member of our senior executive team.”

Shawn Holiday said: “I want to thank Marty and everyone on the Sony/ATV team. The passion within this group when it comes to identifying talent is second to none. I’m honored to play a bigger leadership role in developing songwriters and artists who not only create hits but move the culture in powerful ways.”   

Holiday initially joined Sony/ATV in 2011 in the role of SVP, A&R/Creative. He has since worked closely with a number of songwriters and artists at the company, including Cardi B, French Montana, Bryson Tiller, Daniel Caesar and Travis Scott who he signed to a publishing deal ahead of the release of ASTROWORLD. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in August 2018 with 537,000 album-equivalent units, included the Hot 100 chart-topper “Sicko Mode” and is nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards, which will take place on February 10 in Los Angeles. “Sicko Mode” has nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

Holiday was named on Billboard’s 2018 Hip-Hop Power List and he was recently featured on Variety’s Hitmakers List in recognition of his success with Cardi B and Travis Scott.

In addition to his roles at Sony/ATV, he began working in 2013 at Sony Music’s Columbia Records, which announced in December that he had been promoted to Co-Head of Urban Music. This position will run alongside his new Head of Urban Music role at Sony/ATV.