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.

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.

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 [5] making it one of the largest private collections in the world.[6]


  1. ^ "Atlantic Records Says Digital Sales Surpass CDs". New York Times. November 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Power 100: Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman". Billboard Magazine. 2012. 
  3. ^ "Special Interview with Craig Kallman, Chairman & CEO of Atlantic Records". Songwriter Universe. 2013. 
  4. ^ Craig Kallman, President, Big Beat Records, Vice President, Atlantic Records
  5. ^ =24 July 2013 "‘A Music Mecca in a Manhattan Apartment". The Wall Street Journal. July 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ July 2013 "‘Rock Aficionados Trying To Spin Vinyl Into Gold". The Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2013.