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Music Publishing A&R: An Executive Q&A with James Supreme

September 25, 2019 at 6:45pm8:05pm EDT

Whitman School of Management, 007

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The role of record label A&R—sign an act, help them record, and release music—is something most music fans understand, at least on surface level. But music publishing, and A&R within music publishing, is often a mystery. In this Rezak lecture, we will learn the role a music publisher plays in developing hits. James Supreme would know—he had a hand in Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which just set the all-time Billboard Hot 100 record for consecutive weeks at number one. But, as you can hear in the playlist provided below, Supreme has played a part in a string of top hits, ranging from City Girls’ “Act Up” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” to tracks from Big Sean, YG, Nigerian sensation Burna Boy and many more.

Outside of the business, he also gives back as a volunteer at the Dream Center in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Plus, he has been featured as special guest speaker at the More In Music Event at The GRAMMY Museum during BET Weekend 2019 addressing equality in a powerful speech, Level Up Atlanta’s Connecting the Dots, ASCAP Expo 2018, and on numerous podcasts, as well as in Rolling Stone magazine.

He is based in Los Angeles, CA.

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James Supreme
A&R Manager
Universal Music Publishing Group

This event was published on September 23, 2019.

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