Barry Weiss Bio (HITS Daily Double)

Stories mixing A Flock of Seagulls and a NYU MBA will always amuse me:

Weiss joined the newly launched Jive Records in 1982, as Manager of Artist Development, shepherding the first release by A Flock of Seagulls, and later was an integral part of establishing Jive as a home for the burgeoning rap stars such as A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Kool Moe Dee, Whodini and Too Short.

Weiss earned an MBA at NYU, just before he was named President of Jive/Silvertone/Verity Records in 1995. Five years later, he presided over the release of NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold a still-record 2.4 million copies in its first week. Thanks in large part to his shepherding the success of NSYNC, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys, when BMG acquired the Zomba Music Group in 2002, as Calder’s right-hand man, Weiss was appointed President/CEO to the renamed Zomba Label Group, which included LaFace Records and So So Def.

via HITS Daily Double: News.

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