Is Rick Rubin Done at Columbia Records

Well, according to the New York Post, yes.

Legendary music producer Rick Rubin is out at Columbia Records, amid a culture clash at the Sony Music label between the suits and the creatives, sources tell us — but he may land on his feet at Warner Music Group.

The grizzly-bearded Columbia co-chairman, the co-founder of Def Jam who discovered the Beastie Boys, has been missing at the label “for months,” sources say, and he’ll be out officially in the next few weeks, before his contract expires in January.

A feud has erupted between Rubin and co-chairman Steve Barnett, a business-minded executive, over who can take credit for the label’s biggest success, Adele, who sold more than 3 million records, and who should be blamed for disappointing sales of Beyoncé’s album “4,” in the eyes of new boss, Sony CEO Doug Morris.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Is Rick Rubin Done at Columbia Records

  • October 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I've liked stuff that Rick Rubin has produced and the fact a creative guy is in the executive level at a label was a good thing. Let's face it though, when your business model is producing top 40 crap, compensating the top 1% of artists (and leaving the rest to live from gig to gig) and then suing your customers, the recording industry as we know it today is doomed. Given the behaviour of the record labels in the last decade, I suspect Rick Rubin might be the last music person at that level.


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