Steve Barnett is a music executive. He is also the CEO and Chairman of Capitol Music Group. He was Assistant Creative Director at Sound 80 Recording Studios for a long time, making, arranging and delivering music for radio and TV advertisements and modern and business films. Steve was additionally Music Conductor/Director/Arranger for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and for national open radio melodic assortment programs, First House on the Right and Good Evening.
He was a choral chief for twenty-two years, an Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota and led three Twin Cities-region network ensembles over a range of ten years. Steve is an early music graduate of the University of Minnesota and furthermore considered jazz arranging and creation at the Eastman School of Music.
Barnett started his music vocation as a specialist in London in 1970, working for the Bron Agency of Gerry Bron and managing groups, for example, Uriah Heep and Colosseum. He turned into an operator for NEMS Enterprises, the organization initially framed by Beatles administrator Brian Epstein. While working there from1972 to 1974, Barnett represented musicians, for example, Deep Purple,
, and Black Sabbath.
He, for a short time looked after Rough Diamond, a brief British band that included Geoff Britton (ex-Wings), David Byron (ex-Uriah Heep) and Dave Clempson (ex-Colosseum) in 1977. In 1980, Barnett turned into a supervisor and accomplice in the UK artist administration firm Part Rock, where his customers included Gary Moore, AC/DC, Foreigner and Cyndi Lauper. In 1988, he built up Part Rock's U.S. organization, Hard to Handle Management, where he filled in as President. Barnett worked in Epic Records as Senior Vice President International in 1996 and named Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing in 1997 for the label, at that point General Manager in 2001.
In 2004, he turned into the President of the firm. At Epic, Barnett played a job in promoting musicians such as Natasha Bedingfield, Pearl Jam, Good Charlotte, Audioslave, Modest Mouse, Shakira, Franz Ferdinand, and
. In December of 2005, he was given the Chairmanship of Columbia Records, with obligation regarding overall administration of the label. During his residency, Columbia's market share climbed reliably, bringing about a half increment in current market share somewhere in the range of 2009 and 2012 and accomplishing the #1 opening among all names in 2011 and 2012.
Barnett managed effective crusades for soprano wonder Jackie Evancho, Adele, Susan Boyle, Beyoncé, AC/DC, John Mayer, J. Cole, Jack White, Foster the People, The Shins, Maxwell, One Direction and the showcasing and arrival of the Glee music. He regulated widely praised and economically productive collections by singers including Harry Connick Jr, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, and Barbra Streisand. Barnett was successful in getting AC/DC to Sony Music, where the group accomplished the mark's greatest first-week deals figure in its history when it sold more than 784,000 duplicates of Black Ice in 2008.
The band since then sold more than 38 million collections all across the world. In November of 2012, Barnett moved toward becoming CEO and Chairman of the Capitol Music Group. He expanded the organization's arrangement of labels in 2013, inking prominent deals with Troy Carter (Atom Factory) and T Bone Burnett (Electromagnetic Recordings) also an association with Arcade Fire for that band's Reflektor collection. In October of 2013, it reported that Beck marked to Capitol Records. On 21 January of 2014, Barnett declared the marking of Neil Diamond to a long haul recording concurrence with Capitol Records.
The agreement joined Diamond's Bang, Columbia and UNI/MCA catalogs of recorded music, incorporating the craftsman's whole group of recorded work. In December 2013, Barnett finished a year-long redesign of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. On 16 August of 2016, Barnett declared that Paul McCartney consented to an overall chronicle arrangement with Capitol Records and that included the singer's whole assemblage of post-Beatles work, and also new accounts.
On 1st November of 2016, he reported a slate of exercises identified with Capitol Records' 75th Anniversary festivity starting on November 15 and proceeding through 2017. Occasions incorporate a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the decree of November 15 in the city of Los Angeles as Capitol Records Day, and the arrival of a 75-collection vinyl gathering of noteworthy recordings.