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“I think any great song is difficult to write in some aspect. It’s just difficult to make somebody feel something. That is the main goal. How do you make somebody want to get up and dance? How do you make somebody feel okay after their breakup?” – Jason Derulo


Peter Edge and Tom Corson, who have run RCA’s label since 2011, are presiding over what is arguably most diverse roster in its 114-year history, an impressively deep list that spans rock (Foo Fighters, Walk the Moon, Dave Mathews Band), hip-hop and R&B (A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob, Usher, D’Angelo, Miguel), pop (Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Mark Ronson and new signing Zayn Malik), Latin (Prince Royce, Pitbull and new signing Enrique Iglesias) and legacy (Van Morrison, Buddy Guy).

What do you see as the role of the record company in the next 10 or 20 years? Some people feel a label is something an artist doesn’t necessarily need.

Peter Edge: We completely disagree with that. In fact, we would argue that we’re probably more necessary than ever. We’re the only people who really invest in artists. These people with lots of money, for the most part they’re staying out of the [record] business. They realize, “These people kind of do that well.”

Tom Corson: To make a record requires a strategy; it’s not just throwing somebody in the studio and seeing how it goes. Some artists are self-contained, but they still need advice about producers and collaborations and single choice. They need an army and a perspective and creative friction, because nobody has all the ideas. Dave Grohl has a lot of ’em, he’s really great at that, but where does he get his sponsorships? Where does he get his global scale? Where does he make sure that Radio One drives his record all the way home? How does he make sure that his tour is properly looked after overseas in addition to what the promoter is doing, and integrate the third, fourth and fifth singles off the album? Let alone new artists who have never done this before, and often neither have their managers.

Va Billboard

The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” promises to be an unforgettable night of music and moments, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. So many beefs to resolve or watch explode, and just wait until Miley gets onstage from the get-go.

Miley Cyrus, Host
Kanye West, Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Recipient
Nicki Minaj, VMA Performer and Nominee
Justin Bieber, VMA Performer and Nominee
Pharrell Williams, VMA Performer
Demi Lovato, VMA Performer
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, VMA Performer
The Weeknd, VMA Performer and Nominee
Tori Kelly, VMA Performer
A$AP Rocky, VMA Performer
Twenty One Pilots, VMA Performer
Taylor Swift, World Premiere of “Wildest Dreams” music video and Nominee
Nick Jonas, VMA Pre-Show Performer and Nominee
WALK THE MOON, VMA Pre-Show Performer and Nominee
Kelly Osbourne, Sway and “Girl Code Live” stars, Carly Aquilino, Nessa Diab and Nora “Awkwafina” Lum, Pre-Show Hosts

Britney Spears, Presenter
Rebel Wilson, Presenter
Ice Cube, Presenter
O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Presenter
Emily Ratajowski, Presenter
John Legend, Presenter
Jussie Smollett, Presenter
Kylie Jenner, Presenter
Miguel, Presenter
NE-YO, Presenter
Rita Ora, Presenter
Serayah, Presenter

Big Sean, Nominee
Bruno Mars, Nominee
Charlie Puth, Nominee
Colbie Caillat, Nominee
E-40, Nominee
Fall Out Boy – Pete Wentz & Patrick Stump, Nominee
Fifth Harmony, Nominee
FKA Twigs, Nominee
Mark Ronson, Nominee
OMI, Nominee
Nick Jonas, Nominee
Taylor Swift, Nominee
Vance Joy, Nominee
Wale, Nominee