Barry Weiss Jumps From Sony To Universal Music Group

Although it may not be on the same scale as Benedict Arnold’s defection from the Continental to the British Army, Barry Weiss’s move from Sony Music Entertainment to the rival Universal Music Group is sure to raise some eyebrows in the music industry.  According to NYT’s Media Decoder, Weiss’s deal with UMG has been discussed for weeks and was confirmed this morning by a spokeswoman from the RCA/Jive Label Group division that Weiss oversaw at Sony.

Weiss was originally connected to Sony through Jive — a label that was purchased in 2002 by BMG Music and incorporated into RCA.  RCA joined Sony in 2004 and Jive brought along popular artists including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, and T-Pain.

Although his role has yet to be defined, Weiss will likely handle East Coast affairs from UMG’s global headquarters in New York City.  He will report to Universal’s new chief executive Lucian Grange.