Craig Kallman

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Craig Kallman
Born 1965
Occupation(s) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Records
Years active 1980s-present
Labels Atlantic Records (1991-present)

Craig Kallman (born 1965) is an American music industry executive. He is the current Chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records.[1] During the 1980s, he became a DJ in Manhattan, worked at 95.5 WBRU in Providence, Rhode Island and launched his own independent record label, Big Beat Records, in 1987 after graduating from college.[2]

Kallman first began working at Atlantic Records in 1991, when the label acquired Big Beat as a dance and rap imprint, rising up the ranks as an A&R executive before being named Chairman and CEO in 2005.[3][4]

Life and early career[edit]

Kallman was born in 1965 in Manhattan, New York. As a young child and teenager, Kallman took after his father, an attorney who had a very eclectic record collection. In his early adult years, he often took a grocery store shopping cart around Manhattan, going to Downtown Records, Rock & Soul, Tower Records and Vinyl Mania, buying up 12-inch singles to sell on consignment and using the money to press up more records.[5]

He also started volunteering and working part-time at the New Music Seminar, Rockpool, and for the Dance Music Report. While in college at Brown University, he was a representative for CBS Records, started working in the dance department at CBS' Columbia Records unit, CBS Records was subsequently renamed Sony Music Entertainment, and was also hired as a radio DJ by Patti Galluzzi, former Senior Vice President of Music and Talent at MTV, who was Program Director of 95.5 WBRU-FM in Providence at the time. While at 95.5 WBRU, he programmed alternative music and also DJ’d an urban mixshow.[6]

Career at Atlantic Records[edit]

Upon joining Atlantic, Kallman established his A&R credentials by signing, developing and A&R-ing a number of major artists, including Notorious B.I.G., P.O.D., Aaliyah, Brandy, Timbaland, Lil' Kim and Junior M.A.F.I.A. Kallman was later promoted to Senior Vice President of A&R, Executive Vice President of A&R, and then President of Atlantic Records, before becoming Chairman/CEO of Atlantic in 2005.[2][7]

Record collection[edit]

Kallman remains a record collector, with a personal vinyl stash of over 500,000+ vinyl albums, 75,000 CDs, and other music memorabilia [8] making it one of the largest private collections in the world.[9]


  1. ^ "Atlantic Records Says Digital Sales Surpass CDs". New York Times. November 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Aswad, Jem (June 15, 2015). "Atlantic Records' CEO/Co-Chairman Craig Kallman on EDM's Evolution, Cee Lo's Next Move and His Own Massive Record Collection". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Power 100: Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman". Billboard Magazine. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Craig Kallman, 50 Most Important People in EDM". Rolling Stone. 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Special Interview with Craig Kallman, Chairman & CEO of Atlantic Records". Songwriter Universe. 2013. 
  6. ^ Craig Kallman, President, Big Beat Records, Vice President, Atlantic Records
  7. ^ "Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. February 5, 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "‘A Music Mecca in a Manhattan Apartment". The Wall Street Journal. July 23, 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "‘Rock Aficionados Trying To Spin Vinyl Into Gold". The Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.