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CHANGES RUMORED AT RCA U.K.

Rumor has it that changes are on the way at RCA U.K., with Colin Barlow said to be exiting and Dave Dollimore (pictured)—who joined Jason Iley's Sony U.K. with the Ministry of Sound deal—expected to be the new head.

Dollimore started working in music as a club promoter while at college before he got work experience in the late ’90s at Ministry aged 20. After six months, he was offered an A&R and promotions job sending out records and going to clubs to both find and help break the next big dance hits.

He achieved success with artists such as Benny Benassi, Axwell and Tomcraft, getting his first #1 single in 2003. In 2004, Dollimore signed and A&R’d Eric Prydz, whose “Call On Me” charted at #1 in the U.K.. and was a global smash.

The young exec worked his way up the food chain and was named Director of A&R in 2007. After a #1 album with Basshunter, Dollimore took over the independent record company when the-then MD Ben Cook left for Warner, being officially named Cook’s successor in 2010.

Since then, he’s helmed the transition from a strictly dance singles and compilations-led business, to an artist development label, with Example (two platinum albums and two #1 singles), Wretch 32 (#1 single and gold-selling album) and London Grammar (a #2 album and over 1m worldwide sales) alongside A&R Director Dipesh Parmar.

Barlow started in the music industry aged 17 as a talent scout for CBS Records before being poached by Warner Music. He founded Wildcard Records in 1990, signing The Lighthouse Family, while working in A&R for Polygram publishing. A long stint at UMG's Polydor came next, where he rose to joint MD, and left for Geffen in 2009. Barlow joined Sony as MD of RCA in 2012. 

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