Rise to the top
Jackson uses the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a regular haunt for entertainment executives, as his de facto office when in Los Angeles. He apparently knows every employee, from the head waiter to the waiter.
He’s been at the restaurant since he was 19, a hungry and unproven executive working under Davis, the music impresario who steered the careers of Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. Davis discovered Jackson while he was music director at San Francisco radio station KMEL. Jackson spent so much time on the station that he was expelled from high school for truancy.
Jackson worked for Davis and promoted the career of British singer Leona Lewis, as well as the participants of the reality show american idollike Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Ruben Studdard.
Jackson said Davis taught him “the science of what makes a hit. And also what makes a superstar. He’s really good at image and marketing.” Davis’ son Fred, one of the top financial advisors in the music business, helped Jackson raise money for Gamma.
When Jackson was fired from Sony Group over a disagreement with management, it turned out to be a good thing. He ended up at Interscope and worked under Iovine, who worked with Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent helped usher hip-hop into mainstream culture.
By the time Jackson arrived at Interscope, Iovine was already planning his next act. He’d seen the Internet eroding record company power, and he saw opportunities in the new streaming technology. Iovine and Dr. Dre started a headphone business and streaming music service. When Apple bought Beats for $3 billion in 2014, Iovine jumped into the company and brought Jackson with him.
“Larry has a number of unique talents that he’s developed over the years,” said Iovine. “He comes from the creative side, he understands the technical side, and he understands where they cross.”
It was Jackson who convinced some of the biggest artists in the world, including Drake, to get their songs on Apple Music before any other service. Then he went one step further, parted ways with the record company and acquired the exclusive rights to a new Frank Ocean album. Those deals made Apple the go-to music service for most hip-hop fans — as well as many black consumers in the US.
Jackson now leverages his deep connections in the world of hip-hop and R&B for Gamma. When Snoop Dogg had a problem, Jackson was one of his first calls.
The rapper bought Death Row Records last year in hopes of reviving the label that released his debut album. doggy style. Snoop Dogg bought the label because he felt the business was poorly run and that he was not being paid fairly for his contributions. He was not paid for his songwriting on Dr. Dres The chronicle.
He started ripping music off the major streaming services. But he wasn’t quite sure what to do next. Other artists, fans and streaming services have come forward and brought in ideas. He considered uploading all the music again, but not before Jackson offered to distribute Death Row’s catalog through his new company.
Jackson proposed a plan to make music’s return to streaming relevant again. They started posting some of the album’s skits as sounds on TikTok, the main online music discovery service. These songs have since been used in millions of videos by fans. After a few weeks of building Buzz, they’re in the process of getting all music streaming again.
“Larry and Gamma made this up,” Snoop Dogg said. “That’s why you want to work with people who can bring things to the table and aren’t ‘yes-men’.”
Gamma isn’t the first company trying to redefine the relationship between artist and record label. While many outsiders have tried to oust major record companies, Universal Music Group, Sony and Warner Music Group remain the most powerful companies.
But Jackson comes into the game with a huge head start — backing from one of the biggest companies in the world, several big artists, and enough capital to compete with the big labels in signing artists. Jackson has the parts in place. Now he must execute.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/entrepreneurship/apple-s-money-and-snoop-dogg-s-songs-back-1-5b-startup-20230309-p5cqlh.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_business Apple’s money and Snoop Dogg’s songs fund $1.5 billion in seed capital