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TWO GENTLEMEN, SEVEN QUESTIONS
Jamieson and Schmidt-Holtz Crack Us Up
The start of the Bob Jamieson era seemed like a good time to ask the newly tapped RCA Music Group Chairman and his boss, BMG Chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, a handful of pointed questions. Here are the dynamic duo’s responses.

Five Questions for Bob Jamieson

1. What is your short-term game plan for RCA Records?
Make it through the day.

2. Should we expect the addition of a major player to the RCA team?
I’m looking at David Sarnoff.

3. Part of the mandate for the new job is to set up new labels; what do you have in mind?
I’ll be announcing six not-for-profit joint ventures with six priests from Boston.

4. Now that you are back in a hands-on position creatively, what are your A&R priorities?
Polka, death-rock, Vienna waltz music, shlager.

5. Do you often mistake Thomas Stein for Michael Smellie?
Who?

Two Questions for Rolf Schmidt-Holt

1. Does Bob Jamieson have a new mandate at RCA?
First, let me tell you that we ran an Elvis look-a-like contest and Bob won. Apart from that, his mandate is to continue to raise the profile and performance of our music labels. Bob will help us as we build a more A&R-driven organization on a worldwide basis. We made the change in structure because we wanted our senior executives as close to the creative process as possible. And that process is not over.

2. What does it mean to bring back such a seasoned executive as Jamieson and what do you expect of him?
Many people don’t know it, but Bob is one of the most successful music executives around. For example, he found and helped develop Christina Aguilera, a worldwide star. When I asked Bob last year to oversee restructuring North America, he did a great job. Now I am relying on him again to uses his skill and reputation to help raise the profile and performance of RCA Records. He’ll also be looking to expand our creative territory with new labels. Bob gets to return to his passion and strength: dealing with artists and managers. I know he’s very happy about that.

THE BIZ SALUTES
JOE SMITH
Celebrating the life of the Toastmaster General (12/5a)
JEFF VAUGHN NAMED PRESIDENT, CAPITOL RECORDS
Climbing the Tower (12/3a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS BOTH ICY AND POST-TOASTY
Actually, we'd prefer a bowl of oatmeal. (12/5a)
JAY-Z CELEBRATES 50 WITH A RETURN TO SPOTIFY
Has the Tidal turned? (12/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, ANYWAY?
Those who fail to learn from the past are destined to repeat it. (12/5a)
EGGNOG!
Ours is mostly bourbon.
MISTLETOE!
Delicious in salads.
CHESTNUTS!
Ours are roasting, but it could be these slim-fit jeans.
WEED!
An entire Christmas tree made of it. Is what we want for Christmas.
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