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Sony announces executive shuffle

Sony Music Entertainment has reshuffled a number of executives across several divisions in the company.

Lawrie has been named president of Europe for Sony Music Entertainment, effective Sept. 1. In his new role, Lawrie will oversee European territories (excluding the U.K. and Ireland) and the company's operations in Africa. He will be based in London and report to Sanders. Lawrie currently serves as president of the Latin region at Sony Music Entertainment.

Afo Verde has been named president of the Latin region for Sony Music Entertainment, effective Sept. 1. In his new role, Verde will oversee the company's operations across Latin music, responsible for recordings in South American, Central America, the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. He will be based in Buenos Aires and Miami, and report to Richard Sanders, president of International at Sony Music Entertainment. Since 2005, Verde has served as president of Sony Music Sur (Argentina,
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Gilded 'Idol': Clarkson is No. 1 in bow

Gilded 'Idol': Clarkson is No. 1 in bow
America appears to have been right in naming Kelly Clarkson its "American Idol": Her debut album, "Thankful", is expected to bow on the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with about 300,000 copies sold. Whether the 20-year-old Texas native could make it as a real music pop star remained dubious at the start of the year. Her debut album was supposed to be released by RCA in time for the 2002 Christmas season, but Clarkson's tour with fellow "American Idol" contestants and a movie got in the way of her getting into the recording studio. Additionally, RCA was going through a leadership change: In November, legendary music man Clive Davis was named chairman of RCA Music Group in a move that brought Davis' J Records and the 101-year-old RCA Records under one umbrella. RCA general manager Richard Sanders attributed Clarkson's first-week sales success to the power of television. After RCA missed the Christmas window, the label, Fox Television and 19 Management (Clarkson's management company and the show's co-producers) rallied together to promote Clarkson via the second "American Idol" season. All parties realized that breaking Clarkson had to be a priority.

'American Idol' Raises Stars N' Stripes

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A charity single from the TV talent search American Idol is being changed to feature versions of two patriotic US songs. The show's finalists had been expected to release the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, "What The World Needs Now Is Love." But following viewer pressure after they sang the songs on the 25 March edition of the show, they will now record: "I'm Proud To Be An American" and "God Bless the USA." The songs, by Lee Greenwood, will make up a double A-side to be released later this month by RCA Records. RCA executive Richard Sanders says, "They got such an overwhelming, positive response from viewers for doing those songs that we decided to release them as the American Idol charity single."

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