Here’s the (power) round-up so far:
Alternatively titled - “The big boys behind our (1D) boys.”
- Harry is backed by Columbia CEO, Rob Stringer.
- Niall is backed by Capitol Music Group President and Universal Music Group’s Executive Vice President for Creative/Special Projects, Ashley Newton. (Very important to note that Ashley is also Niall’s A&R. Even more important to note that he is known as one of the most successful A&R’s in the US music industry. Chew on that for a second.)
So the questions are:
- Will Charlie Walk (Republic Records President) or Nick Raphael (Capitol Records UK, President) back Liam?
- Who will back Louis? Will anyone back Louis? If Louis’ own team which he currently pays for cannot even do basic promotion for him, then who is truly in his corner? Is anyone in his corner besides Steve?
That’s the current snapshot, folks.
One last note: In addition to the Columbia CEO backing Harry, he has the added might of Irving Azoff, the excellence of Dawbell PR, and the gigantic publicity machine of Warner Brothers Studio when “Dunkirk” promo starts. Make no mistake – the promotion for Harry will be NEXT LEVEL and unlike anything we’ve seen from the 1D team (Syco/SJPR/Modest.) Amateur hour is over. Superstar Harry has got a formidable team to shoot him into the celebrity stratosphere. Get ready.
p.s. Yes, it’s not an even playing field. It was never going to be an even field. Adjust your expectations, accordingly.