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Universal chief gets five more years

July 31, 2015 by norman lebrecht

7 comments.


Vivendi announced today that Lucian Grainge will stay on as Universal CEO until at least 2020. That’s good for classical. He’s a fan.

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Comments (7)

  1. Alvaro Mendizabal says:

    You mean for Anoushka Shankar, for recordings of The Who from orchestras, David Garrett, Andrea Bocelli, and the like.

    Oh right, thats classical music. I had forgotten, sorry.

    Further, it doesnt matter what he ‘Likes’. He’s an employee to a public company with a fiduciary duty to shareholders, and if that means to continue to transform classical music into something more popular, he’s going to continue for sake of the company and his job.

  2. Ivan says:

    Lucian Grainge is not seen nor known as a big fan of classical music. Seeing what has become of Universal’s classical labels since Mr. Grainge has been CEO of Universal doesn’t make me too optimistic for the future neither. Universal has decimated its classical business and I personally hardly pay any attention to what they are doing nowadays.

  3. Francois says:

    The Bocelli Turandot is out on iTunes. It should have been called “The unfortunate adventures of Wobble and Squeak”.

    Bocelli” “La mihahahahahah vitoohoriahahahahaa…. ”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/31/review-andrea-bocelli-falls-short-on-puccinis-tura/

  4. Erich says:

    Norman, with respect, you could be seen as just regurgitating an insider’s promotional ‘puff”. Grainge is and remains a ‘suit’. One wouldn’t want to insinuate that personal interest played a part in this, would one?

    1. norman lebrecht says:

      No, one wouldn’t.

      1. Alvaro Mendizabal says:

        But then again. Its simply INFORMATION to point out that Norman writes for Sinfini music, a Universal/DG effort.

        Just information.

        1. norman lebrecht says:

          I have also written for newspapers owned by Murdoch and Conrad Black. That does not predispose me in any way towards them.


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