Christopher "Tricky" Stewart to Be Named Head of A&R at Epic Records

Sources say the hitmaking producer is close to finalizing new deal.

Posted: 12/01/2011 10:11 AM EST

Super producer and music executive Christopher “Tricky” Stewart will be the next head of A&R at Epic Records, sources tell Billboard.biz.

The music maestro behind such hits as "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Umbrella," with former music partner The-Dream, is expanding his relationship with Epic parent Sony Music, which signed an exclusive distribution deal with his own RedZone Entertainment imprint earlier this year.

Stewart has a well-respected ear for talent, most recently helping guide neo-R&B crooner Frank Ocean to stardom. He most recently produced the Beyoncé single "1+1."

 

Epic Records has undergone a massive overhaul this year led by the hiring of powerful music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid, as the new Chairman and CEO.

 

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