Until this week, the rules of the music industry didn't apply to
Clive Davis. At 76, Davis held the top job at SonyBMG's BMG Music
Group, playing Svengali to teen idols like Kelly Clarkson and
Alicia Keys. On Thursday, however, SonyBMG removed Davis from his
post. He will hold the amorphous title of "chief creative
officer" at the company, while still working with a handful of
acts. But the BMG Music Group will now be overseen by Barry
Weiss, CEO of SonyBMG's Zomba label, who is younger - and
presumably less expensive than his predecessor.
Shocking, but this could be a good thing. We need some fresh meat to start heading up labels. Here's looking towards a younger generation that's not afraid to take risks....