Amazon Music Names Phylicia Fant Head Of Music Industry Partnerships

March 03 19:42 2022

The Source reports two major announcements in the hip hop landscape- the first that industry veteran Phylicia Fant is headed to Amazon Music. Fant has been named the head of music industry partnerships, a role created and designed to identify and oversee strategic music partnerships and identify cross-entertainment campaigns. Variety notes she will report to Ryan Redington, Amazon’s Vice President of Music Industry.

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After a three-year stint at Sony Music’s Columbia Records, Fant arrives at Amazon Music after a three-year term. While serving as the head of urban music, Fan worked alongside Lil Nas X, Joey Bada$$, Polo G, the Kid Laroi, and more. Before that position, Fant worked at Warner Bros. Records as the senior VP of media & strategic development, assisting Prince, Drake’s OVO Sound, Gucci Mane, and more. Her career also had stops at Motown Records and Universal Music Group. Fant is also the Purple Agency founder and CEO, providing public relations and lifestyle-marketing strategies to Swizz Beatz, Hennessy, Coca-Cola, and a bevy of other clients.

Fant has also been named to the Variety Hitmakers list, numerous Billboard Lists, and won the NAASC NY chapter “Rising Star Award.”

The Source Streaming also reports that BET announced their new unscripted music documentary series, “Murder Inc.” A new unscripted documentary series is being produced by BET and Irving “Irv Gotti” Lorenzo titled, Murder Inc..

The five-part television event is set to narrate the untold tale of the rise, sudden fall, and redemption of, Murder Inc. Records; and the mastermind behind the Hip Hop powerhouse, Irv Gotti.

According to the statement announced today, each episode will take viewers through the label’s beginnings to the current day, featuring never-before-seen archival footage. Along with including a rich catalog of music chart-toppers and the power players that helped shape a musical era that would impact generations to come.

Launched in 1999, the New York based label Murder Inc. Records played a vital role in bringing forth the careers of some of the most influential voices in Hip Hop, and R&B. Murder Inc. helped launch and guide the careers of artist such as, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Charli Baltimore, Vita, and others.

Murder Inc. is scheduled to premiere Summer 2022 on BET.

“My life and Murder Inc. has been filled with many highs and lows. I got to work with my brothers and a lot of great people; from Jay Z, DMX, Fat Joe, Mary J Blige, to name a few,” said Irv Gotti.

“Also, I got to start my record label, Murder Inc. Records, with Ja Rule by my side.” Gotti added, “My life was filled with great lows, but I’m not ashamed of those lows. It all helped make me the person I am today. So, with this documentary series, I plan to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD.”

Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming shared, “Music is in our DNA. We thank our long-standing partner Irv Gotti, and the many talented artists at the iconic label for trusting our brand to tell their personal and inspiring stories. We look forward to bringing viewers a compelling music documentary series that reveals how this label consequently changed the music industry forever.”

The Murder Inc. documentary is executive produced by Irv Gotti (“Tales”), Ja Rule, Darcell Lawrence, and Chris Costine for Visionary Ideas and Tiffany Lea Williams for BET. Michael J. Payton to serve as Director.

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