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Rick Ocasek Takes On Record Industry

Former Cars front man and prolific producer Ric Ocasek is on track to become a talent scout at Elektra Records.
The deal hasn't been finalized yet, label sources said Thursday -- and contrary to previous rumors, Ocasek would be a member of the A&R; (artists and repertoire) team at the Warner Music unit, not its head. Meanwhile, former Elektra A&R; man Josh Deutsch has taken up residence at EMI imprint Virgin Records.
Ocasek saw multiplatinum success as a performer and songwriter for nearly a decade with 1980s new-wave/pop act the Cars, penning such hits as "You Might Think," "Shake It Up" and "Since You're Gone."
He's less well known -- but perhaps more respected -- as the producer behind a broad array of acclaimed albums, ranging from "Rock for Light," by D.C. hardcore pioneers Bad Brains, to recent platinum releases from rock acts No Doubt and Weezer. By Justin Oppelaar, NEW YORK (Variety)


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