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Clive Black

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Clive Black’s career in the music business started at the tender age of 16, where he started work as an office junior at Island Records.  Black soon moved into the world of A & R where his ability to recognise talent, sign and develop artists became the start of a promising career.

Black joined EMI Records as an A & R Manager but within a few years Black was appointed Director of A & R for EMI and then continued this role at Warner Music until 1995.  Within both of these periods he signed acts as diverse as Afrika Bambatta, Mark Almond, Eternal, Mark Morrison and Babylon Zoo. Black then created the unique dance label Positiva within EMI which proved to snowball into one of the most successful dance labels in the UK and Europe.

Black then returned to EMI Records as Managing Director in 1995 where he worked closely with a number of superstar acts including Diana Ross, Kate Bush and Sir Cliff Richard. By 1997 Clive had personally signed and released seven number one singles in the UK by six different artists.

Black left EMI and set up Blacklist Entertainment and Blacknight with Sir Cliff Richard.  This proved to be a huge success with the release of “Millennium Prayer” by Cliff Richard which reached number one in the UK charts and the signing of the hugely successful artist Russell Watson. As Chairman of Blacklist, Black struck up a label deal with edel (UK) Records which saw him sign and develop artists here in the UK and Europe and again creating a dance label within edel called Free2Air Recordings.

In June 2004 Black completed a Management buy-out of edel(Uk) Ltd and Free2Air Recordings, giving him ownership of both companies.  It did not take long before Black achieved another number one single here in the UK on the Free2Air label with Meck featuring Leo Sayer “Thunder In My Heart”.

Blacklist continued to grow with Black securing management for The Game exclusively for the world excluding North America.

In June 2008 Black was appointed Manager of the iconic record producer Trevor Horn and decided to base Blacklist within the legendary Sarm Studios, owned by Horn and HQ to the SPZ group of companies.   Black secured projects for Horn including Robbie Williams and it was not long before Horn appointed Black at the helm of his 13 companies as President of SPZ .

In 2011 Black left SPZ to re-start Blacklist Entertainment and has recently become the UK/European Head of Primary Wave Music Publishing a worldwide independent publishing and management company.


Biog as provided for City Showcase 2012

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