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Daniel Glass is an American music industry executive whose output has included work with artists Billy Idol, Wilson Phillips, Sinéad O'Connor, Jon Secada, Warren Zevon, Blur, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Erykah Badu, Baha Men, Kurupt, The Pretenders, Sugarcult, and, in 2007, the launch of Glassnote Entertainment Group artists – Secondhand Serenade, Justin Nozuka, Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning Mumford & Sons, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, Kele, Givers, Oberhofer, Little Green Cars, Daughter, Robert DeLong, Flight Facilities, Half Moon Run, Jeremy Messersmith, Foy Vance, Chvrches, Childish Gambino, Panama Wedding and Flo Morrisey. In 2011 Rolling Stone magazine named Glassnote "Best Indie Label."
- 1 Early years and the start of a music career
- 2 Awards and leadership
- 3 Personal Life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Early years and the start of a music career
Glass was raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1977, while engaged in pre-med studies at Brooklyn College, he began a stint as an R&B/dance disc jockey at the college's radio station WBCR. Still a student, he was subsequently hired as the first DJ for the influential discotheque, Regine's. Over the intervening years he learned the record industry from the ground up.
Glass joined the influential indie dance label SAM Records as Vice President working with Gary's Gang, John Davis and the Monster Orchestra and the Evasions. He began focusing on developing artists’ careers, rather than just trying to pick hit records. Significantly, Glass promoted street bands when other more conservative and larger labels had not.
Chrysalis Records; Senior Vice President
In early 1983, Glass moved to Chrysalis Records as Director of New Music Marketing, advancing later to Senior Vice President. During his six years with Chrysalis, he helped guide the careers of such stars as Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and the News, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, Jethro Tull, Icehouse, The Divinyls, Sinéad O'Connor and Was (Not Was), among others. He also developed a strong college and intern program, which cultivated a number of talented young executives who later went on to high-level positions throughout the entertainment industry.
SBK Records/EMI Record Group; President/CEO
In 1989, Glass became one of the first executives to join the newly formed SBK Records as Senior Vice President of Promotion, bringing his trademark aggressive, streetwise approach to the start-up label. This quickly produced success in breaking new artists, including the multi-platinum debuts of Jesus Jones, Technotronic, Wilson Phillips, Vanilla Ice, as well at SBK/Liberty country artist Billy Dean.
In 1990, Glass was promoted to Executive Vice President/General Manager of SBK Records. A 1992 edition of Crain's New York Business profiled him ("Daniel Glass, 35, General Manager EMI Records Group North America") as one of the top "under forty" business executives. With the consolidation of SBK, Chrysalis, and EMI USA several years later into "EMI Record Group North America," he rose to President/CEO. In that position he was instrumental in bringing Jon Secada, Selena, Barrio Boyzz, Blur, D'Angelo, Roxette, Wilson Phillips, Vanilla Ice, Technotronic, and Arrested Development into platinum and Grammy Award-winning status, as well as the hit soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film, The Crying Game, which featured Boy George.
Rising Tide Records/Universal Records; President
The label had success in breaking new artists, including the multi-platinum debut of Erykah Badu, Billie Myers, Goldfinger, and the Lost Boyz. Recognizing the changing landscape of the industry, Glass strategically aligned Universal with such independent record labels as Kedar Entertainment, home to Erykah Badu, and Mojo Records, home to platinum artists Reel Big Fish and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
Artemis Records; President
In 1999 Glass joined Danny Goldberg at the newly emerging label Artemis Records as Executive Vice President. After a few months, he was named President and achieved success with the gold record rapper Kurupt, Grammy-Award winning Warren Zevon, rocker Steve Earle, gold record female hard rock group Kittie, the Pretenders and the triple platinum pop stars Baha Men. He also executive produced the Josh Joplin Group’s album, which was released in January 2001.
In 2007, Glass founded Glassnote Entertainment Group, encompassing a music label, publishing company and merchandising. The label's releases (with the exception of Secondhand Serenade which is through ILG) are distributed by RED Distribution in the United States. Among the artists signed to the label are Two Door Cinema Club, Grammy Award Winning Phoenix, Grammy Award Winning Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Daughter, The Temper Trap, Little Green Cars. and Half Moon Run. In 2012, the sophomore release by Glassnote artist Mumford & Sons became the biggest selling debut album of the year with sales of 600,000 units.* For the first release on the independent Glassnote Entertainment Group he chose Secondhand Serenade, the #1 unsigned artist in the history of MySpace, with 17 million plays and roughly 200,000 "friends." In 2013 Glassnote Records won the A2IM Libera Award for Best Label of the Year.
Four Song Night Publishing
Glassnote Entertainment Group also encompasses Four Song Night Publishing, some of whose writers are Cara Salimando, Givers, Deap Vally and Brad Oberhofer.
Awards and leadership
- Vice Chair of the UJA Federation of New York, which honored him as 2002 Music Visionary of the Year.
- Founding Board President of LIFEbeat, an AIDS advocacy and hands-on service. organization he co-founded in April 1992.
- Founding Board Member of the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
- Vice President of The New York Music for Youth Foundation.
- Chairman of the Development Committee and Trustee at The Dalton School.
- In March 2010, he hosted the 25th annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in Miami Beach as he has done for the past 15 years
- Member of the Brooklyn College Foundation
- Daniel has run 15 NYC Marathons
- Daniel ran the 2010 Boston Marathon
- Became a Billboard Magazine Midem Master 2011
- Daniel ran the 2011 Hamptons Marathon
- Daniel was honored with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2012 at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami Beach.
- Board Member of T.J Martell Foundation
- Named 2013 Musexpo International Music Person of the Year
- Named 2013 SESAC Visionary of the Year
Daniel is the father of Sean Glass, noted DJ and founder of Win Records.
9-*http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-mumford-chart-20121003,0,3864347.story 10-*http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/indies/mumford-sons-no-1-record-offers-validation-1007972652.story 11-*http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/daniel-glass-feted-at-music-518905 12-*http://www.sesac.com/News/News_Details.aspx?id=1890
- "Daniel Glass," 1/26/04
- "Daniel Glass, 35, General manager, EMI Records Group North America," Crains New York Business
- "Daniel Glass Named CEO of Artemis Records," 2/7/05
- Video of 2007 interview
- Beta TV Interview with Daniel Glass