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Kristen Burke Adds Andy West To Warner Canada's Executive Team

Andy West has been named executive VP and GM of Warner Music Canada.

Kristen Burke Adds Andy West To Warner Canada's Executive Team

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Andy West has been named executive VP and GM of Warner Music Canada. In his new role, West will lead WMC’s strategic marketing, digital, commercial revenue, publicity, promotion and licensing teams. West joins the company after serving as Country Manager for Apple Music for seven years; he previously held posts at Sony Music Canada, Yahoo! Music and Warner Bros Entertainment where he was Director of Digital Distribution and Marketing.


His appointment is effective Feb. 14; he will be based in Toronto and report to WMC president Kristen Burke.

Burke said “Andy is a hugely respected exec who has worked with labels and managers to help put Canadian artists on the map.  He combines an enthusiasm for all genres of music with a business brain that enables him to put the right artists in the right places to connect with fans.  He’s the perfect choice to help me grow and diversify our artist roster and tap new opportunities for them in addition to the still-growing streaming model.”

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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