Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Zac Brown Band, Escaped from Warner Music, Has a Huge #1 Debut for John Varvatos Records


Zac Brown Band was a staple for years at Warner Music’s Atlantic Records. Even when Edgar Bronfman Jr and Lyor Cohen were busy pillaging the company, Zac Brown came through for them with hit after hit. When the company was sold of Len Blavatnik’s group, it was Zac Brown that reliably put Warner Bros./Atlantic on the charts week after week.

But in January, Zac Brown defected to Republic Records at Universal Music Group. Not only that: he went to Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine, which put together a custom label with designer John Varvatos. Now today this latter consortium can pop Champagne corks as Zac Brown Band’s new album “Jekyll + Hyde” enters the charts at number 1 with 231,802 total copies sold. The label is now Southern Ground/Varvatos/Republic.

The sad irony is that Warners finishes a distant second with Josh Groban’s new collection called “Stages,” with 152,497. Warners takes number 3 also with the “Furious 7” soundtrack but then really different Universal albums, and releases from Columbia and RCA fill out the chart.

How Warners let Zac Brown go is beyond me. It’s not like there’s no life left in them. There’s plenty, obviously, if they’re debuting with that many copies.

I kinda feel bad for Warner/Atlantic.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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