Shawn Tubby Holiday and Tip Harris

Congratulations to friend of the blog Shawn "Tubby" Holiday who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Columbia Records! Shawn will oversee the recording projects of celebrities such as T.I. "Tip" Harris (who signed a new record deal with Shawn at Columbia), Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, and rapper J. Cole, among others. Shawn previously held the position of SVP of A&R at RCA Records since 2011.

Shawn, pictured above left with T.I. Harris, has worked with superstars such as Akon, Keyshia Cole, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke, among others.

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Holiday will report to President Ashley Newton and will work out of Columbia’s Los Angeles office. Holiday has worked with such critically acclaimed artists as Akon, T.I., Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke, among others. Prior to that he was SVP/Head of Urban A&R at Interscope Records from 2005 to 2011.

"Tubby has an impeccable reputation in Urban music and, with his profound knowledge & deep relationships in the genre, I have no doubt that he will be an impact hire for us," noted Newton. "We are thrilled that he is joining the Columbia family."

"I’m extremely appreciative of Rob Stringer and Ashley Newton for this opportunity," remarked Holiday. "I hope to broaden Columbia’s presence in the Urban and Pop world to maintain their artistic legacy. I also look forward to working with the entire Columbia staff."

Holiday previously held the role of SVP/Head of Urban A&R at Interscope Records from 2005 to 2011 and played an instrumental role in the success of Keyshia Cole’s first album in addition to creating hit projects by 50 Cent, The Game and Diddy, among others. Holiday also went on to engineer Interscope Records' label partnership with Akon’s Konlive Records, which includes multi-platinum superstar Lady Gaga. In 2011, he was appointed SVP of A&R at RCA Records and Sony/ATV and worked closely with Clive Davis on such renowned artists as Jennifer Hudson and Santana. Holiday continues to work in his consultancy role with Sony/ATV. Source