Who’s Barry Weiss?
Barry Weiss was born on the 11th February 1951, in Demarest, New Jersey USA, and is a music executive known for managing several record labels, including Island Def Jam Music, RCA/Jive Label Group, and Jive Records, among other business ventures.
Early Life and Education
Of Romanian ancestry, Barry is the son of Rosalyn and Hy Weiss, a famous record producer known for opening the Old Town Records, which had such artists as the Harptones, the Cleftones, the Earls and the Fiestas under its wing. Young Barry would often visit his father’s workplace and as a result became interested in music at a young age. During his visits, he got in touch with such artists as Isaac Hayes, Simon & Garfunkel, and Tiny Tim.
Influenced by music, Barry enrolled at Cornell University, and while there he started building a name for himself in the music world. Later he obtained an MBA degree from New York University.
He found a place at Infinity Records while at Cornell University, doing rock and College Radio promotion for the label. Once his classes were over, he would exchange his experience with radio PDs all over the country, with the help of WATS line, which was installed in his dorm room. Furthermore, Barry also joined Ariola America, which is a subsidiary of Arista. There, he informed himself of how a music business operates, from establishing a label to making a hit single.
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— Barry Weiss (@ItsBarryWeiss) March 22, 2014
Barry’s knowledge about the music industry became even greater when Clive Calder and Clive Davis took him under their wing, and he was made an employee of Jive Records, serving as the Manager of Artist Development; his first music act was A Flock of Seagulls, with whom he collaborated on their first release. After that, he focused primarily on rap artists, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, A Tribe Called Quest, Too Short and Kool Moe Dee among many others. He then became the President of the Jive/Silvertone/Verity Records in 1995, while in 2002 following the sale of Zomba Music Group to Bertelsmann/BMG company, Barry was named as the President and CEO of the newly formed Zomba Label Group.
Rise to Stardom
Since the early 2000s, Barry has earned star recognition and held a number of important positions in the music industry, He became the Chairman/CEO of the RCA/Jive Label Group following the departure of Clive Davis, and after that became the Chairman and CEO of Universal Music, East Coast, becoming focused on the operations of Republic, Motown and Island Def Jam record labels, which at the time had some of the most profitable artists signed, including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and Enrique Iglesias among many others.
After some time, Barry left Universal and started his own record label called RECORDS. Under Songs Music Publishing imprint, his label signed Noah Cyrus, Nelly, and several other popular artists as its first music acts. The first official release through the label was the album “The Fix” by Nelly, which achieved platinum status soon after release. However, Songs were sold to Sony Music in 2017, while in 2018 his RECORDS label also became a part of the Sony Music, but despite the change in ownership, Barry has remained as the CEO of the label.
How Rich Is Barry Weiss?
Barry’s career started in the early ‘80s, and since then he has become one of the most popular personalities in the music industry. Sources have recently estimated that his wealth is over $10 million. Not bad, right? However, there is no further information about any valuable possessions, such as cars, houses or other items.
Life Behind the Scene
Barry hasn’t been very generous when it comes to sharing his personal life with the public. However, the media has discovered that he has two children and has been married, but is now divorced and officially single. There is no further information in the media about this famous music executive’s private life.