Music industry power player Brooklyn Johnny has entered into an exclusive partnership with RCA Records for a new joint venture label, District 18 Entertainment. As CEO of District 18 Entertainment, Brooklyn Johnny will usher in a new wave of talented artists under his keen development skills.
For the last 2 years, Brooklyn Johnny was instrumental in shaping the sound of today’s most popular chart topping, multi-platinum selling, award-winning artist Cardi B. Cardi’s commercial debut single, “Bodak Yellow” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, is 6X platinum and scored her 2 nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Brooklyn Johnny comments: “I’m looking forward to rapidly pushing the culture forward with this new venture. Peter Edge and Mark Pitts have both been great supporters of me for quite some time, so this partnership was natural. District 18 Entertainment will be a destination for the next generation of superstars. Stay tuned.”
Peter Edge, Chairman & CEO, RCA Records comments: “Brooklyn Johnny has established himself as a major force in hip-hop by elevating the careers of many artists with his creative vision, passion and ambition. His past accomplishments and unique approach to finding and developing young talent is what makes him distinctly standout from others. He will bring fresh ideas and talent to the RCA family through District 18 Entertainment and we’re looking forward to a successful partnership.”
Mark Pitts, President, Urban Music, RCA Records/CEO ByStorm Entertainment comments: “The music business today is a game for the younger generation and Johnny is playing it well, as he has proven he possesses all the elements it takes to be successful. His passion, hustle, and creative instincts for identifying talent is paramount to his success and I look forward to working with and ushering him into the future.”
Johnny’s foray into the music industry started when he opened a recording studio in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. With the success of the studio under his belt, Johnny honed his business acumen by working in various areas within the music industry, including artist management, road and tour management, production, songwriting and engineering. After a multi-year stint as an A&R consultant for Atlantic Records, Brooklyn Johnny left the label to continue building his own businesses. With a keen ear to the streets, Johnny was instrumental in bringing then unknown artists Kodak Black and Cardi B to the Atlantic Records.