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(Black Enterprise) — Contrary to belief, Jeff Robinson is not some new jack in the biz. Back in the day, Robinson got his feet wet on the front lines of MCA’s legendary Uptown Records helping to usher in an era of New Jack Swing artists, including Guy. Fast-forward years later, and the CEO and president of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Entertainment is responsible for the illustrious career of one of music’s elite and award-winning vocal powerhouses, Alicia Keys, an artist who has since expanded her brand to include acting, directing and other ventures. As part of our continuing coverage of the business of music for Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com tapped into JR’s mind about the perils of the artist 360 deals, what every aspiring artists needs to know before signing on the dotted line and the future of the music biz.
As the mastermind behind Alicia Keys, you’re very much a behind-the-scenes label executive. Why?
(Laughs) Yes, I’m old school in that I’m all about pushing the artist. I am her manager, and she’s also signed to my label MBK [My Brother’s Keeper] Entertainment, which people often forget.
In accordance with our “Discussion of the Day” this trifling-ness fell in our laps…or should we say computer screens?
Many were surprised when Alicia Keys dropped her manager, Jeff Robinson of MBK Entertainment this past weekend. He has been with her for 14 years. Although they maintain that the split was amicable, being “mutually agreed upon,” many thought it was very strange that Keys was now going to “oversee all aspects of her personal career.”
(Yahoo News) – R&B singer Alicia Keys has parted ways with her manager, ending a decade-plus business partnership that began at the onset of the singer’s career. Keys and Jeff Robinson announced the news Friday in a joint statement, saying their split was “mutually agreed upon and amicable.” Keys will now oversee her own career through her own company AK Worldwide.