Peter Edge

Peter Edge
Born England
Citizenship English American
Alma mater Coventry Polytechnic
Occupation Record executive, chairman and CEO of RCA Records
Years active 1985 - present
Board member of Arms Around the Child
Awards Billboard Power 100 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Peter Edge is an English American record executive. He is the chairman and CEO of RCA Records.[1][2]

Early life and education

Edge was born near Coventry, England. Fueled in part by his sister’s record collection – which included influential records by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye—he developed an early passion for music. As a university student at Coventry Polytechnic, Edge dj’d at local radio stations, clubs and parties and formed a friendship with 2 Tone and The Special AKA founder, Jerry Dammers. He graduated with honors and earned a degree in Communication Studies, which required coursework in film, art, psychology and sociology.[3][4][5]


Following his graduation, Edge moved to London, where he was hired as a music researcher for Channel Four’s television series Switch. He booked up-and-coming artists such as Sade and Grace Jones for Switch, and was hired by Simon Fuller to work a side gig as an A&R representative for Chrysalis Music Publishing. As he gained recognition for his “ears,” he was invited to meet with Doug D’arcy, then the head of Chrysalis Records. Edge had planned to pitch D’Arcy on creating another music program for television, but was instead recruited to start a label. In 1985, the label, Cooltempo, was launched as an imprint of Chrysalis Records, where, by then, Fuller also worked.[3][6]

A reflection of his own taste in music as well as the burgeoning house and hip hop scene of the mid-80s, the Cooltempo roster was anchored by pioneering hip hop artists including Doug E. Fresh, Erik B and Rakim, EPMD, The Real Roxanne, and Monie Love, as well as house artist Adeva. Edge worked in partnership with producer Danny D of D Mob, and with a string of best-selling albums and hit singles including Paul Hardcastle's "19," Monie Love's "Grandpa's Party," and Adeva's "Respect," Cooltempo became the preeminent dance label of the time.[7][8][9]

Edge began working at Warner Bros. Records in 1991, after he met Benny Medina and Lenny Waronker, who then ran the label. Over his five-year tenure at Warner Bros., he signed Monie Love to a US contract and signed and worked closely with Meshell Ndegeocello and the artists associated with Native Tongues, including the Jungle Brothers. He moved to New York in 1993.[10][11]

In 1996 Edge was introduced to the then 14-year-old Alicia Keys by her manager, Jeff Robinson. Later that year, he met Clive Davis, who hired him as vice president of A&R at Arista Records. Robinson and Edge set up showcases for Keys, but the timing was off, and as Edge transitioned from Warner Brothers to Arista, Keys was signed by Columbia Records.[12]

At Arista, Edge continued to focus on dance and pop music, notably signing the trip hop trio Faithless, who went on to sell more than 10 million records worldwide. Along with Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz, Faithless included Rollo Armstrong, whose sister, Dido, sang on several of the group’s tracks. Impressed, Edge signed Dido to Arista, and oversaw the recording of her first album, No Angel, which sold 21 million records worldwide.[13] Edge also signed Angie Stone, a three-time Grammy nominee, in addition to others, and in 1998 was reunited with Keys, who had been released from her contract at Columbia. Edge served as the executive producer on her debut album, Songs in A Minor.[10]

In 2000, with $150 million in funding from BMG, Davis founded J Records and brought Edge and other key executives from Arista to the newly formed label.[14] Keys' Songs in A Minor was released on J, and entered the Billboard charts at #1. It earned five Grammy Awards, and as of 2015 had sold more than 13 million albums. Keys' catalogue has exceeded 75 million in global sales.[15]

With Edge running A&R, J released multi-platinum records from Luther Vandross, and Jamie Foxx, among others, as well as Mario's self-titled debut album, which was certified gold. Two years after it was launched, BMG bought a majority stake in J, and it was folded into the RCA Music Group; in 2004, as the result of a joint venture between BMG and Sony, the label operated as part of the Bertelsmann Music Group. Subsequently, Edge was appointed executive vice president of A&R at RCA, and in 2007, he was named president of A&R for RCA Music Group.[16] He continued to work with Keys—her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, surpassed 15 million in sales—and served as the A&R executive on Dido's multi-platinum records Life for Rent and White Flag.Edge had additional success with records by Jamie Foxx, Jazmine Sullivan and Mario, who had a worldwide hit with "Let Me Love You."[17][18]

Following a series of sales, mergers and reorganizations between 2007 and 2011, Sony Music became the parent company of RCA Music Group, which then included Jive Records, Arista, J, and RCA. In 2011, Doug Morris, formerly the chairman of Universal Music, was named chairman of Sony Music Entertainment and, with an acknowledged focus on a&r and artist development, appointed Edge RCA Records chief executive officer.[19] Shortly thereafter, the Jive, Arista, and J label imprints were folded into RCA Records.[20]

Edge has remained involved in the process of making records at RCA, and works with A&R executives including Keith Naftaly, Mark Pitts, Rani Hancock, and David Wolter. Under his auspices, RCA has released hit records by Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, D’Angelo, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, P!nk, R. Kelly, Mark Ronson, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, and Usher, among others, and has achieved breakthrough success with artists including ASAP Rocky, Pitbull, Miguel, Pentatonix, and Sia.[21]

Edge was included on Billboard's "Power 100" list in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[22][23][24][25]


Edge has been involved in the charitable organization Keep a Child Alive since it was established in 2003. Founded by Alicia Keys and Leigh Blake, a longtime AIDS activist, the organization provides HIV treatment, care, food and support services to children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India. He serves on the Global Board of Directors for Arms Around The Child, an outgrowth of Keep A Child Alive, which provides housing, medical treatment, education and additional services to children who have lost their parents or are living in adversity. Edge was honored for his work with the charity in 2013 at the inauguration of The Other Ball, an annual fundraiser for Arms Around The Child.[18][26][27]

In June 2016, both Edge and Tom Corson, the president and COO of RCA, were honored with the music visionary of the year award by the UJA, the United Jewish Appeal. An annual award for professionals in the music industry, Corson and Edge were honored for demonstrating leadership and philanthropy, both at work and in the community. $1.2 million was raised at the 2016 event to support a network of nearly 100 nonprofits that serve 4.5 million people in New York and in 70 countries around the world through programs that provide food, medicine, job training and more to people in need.[28][29]


Year Album Artist Credit
2015 Love Stuff Elle King A&R
Reality ShowJazmine Sullivan Producer
2014 JHUD Jennifer Hudson Executive producer
Shakira Shakira A&R
2012 Girl on Fire Alicia Keys A&R
New Life Monica Producer
Perfectly Imperfect Elle Varner Producer
Two Eleven Brandy Executive producer
2011 Late Nights & Early Mornings Marsha Ambrosius Producer
The Essential Whitney Houston Whitney Houston A&R
2010 Love & War Daniel Merriweather A&R, executive producer
31 Minutes to Takeoff Mike Posner A&R
Best Night of My Life Jamie Foxx Executive producer, producer
Love Me Back Jazmine Sullivan Producer
What Did You Think Was Going to Happen? 2AM Club A&R
2009 D.N.A. Mario Producer
Impossible Daniel Merriweather A&R
The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys Executive producer
Throwing Bricks Instead of Kisses Inward Eye A&R
2008 Fearless Jazmine Sullivan Executive producer
Intuition Jamie Foxx Executive producer
Safe Trip Home Dido A&R
2007 As I Am Alicia Keys Executive producer
Go Mario Executive producer
2006 Blue Collar Rhymefest Executive Producer
Defected in the House: Eivissa 06 Various artists Executive producer
East Side Story Emily King Executive producer
MTV2 My Block: Chicago Various artists Executive producer
2005 Dido Live Dido A&R
Greatest Hits Live Angie Stone Executive producer
Stone Hits: The Very Best of Angie Stone Angie Stone Executive producer
Unplugged Alicia Keys Executive producer
Unpredictable Jamie Foxx Executive producer
2004 Don't Leave Home Dido A&R
If I Ain't Got You Alicia Keys Executive producer
Stone Love Angie Stone Executive Producer
Turning Point Mario Executive producer
2003 Life for Rent Dido A&R
The Diary of Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Executive producer
White Flag/Paris Dido A&R
2002 How Come You Don't Call Me Alicia Keys Executive producer
Learning From Falling Lamya Producer
Mario Mario Executive producer
No Fear Abra Moore A&R
2001 Fallin' (German CD) Alicia Keys A&R, executive producer
Fine Whitney Houston A&R
Luther Vandross Luther Vandross A&R
Mahogany Soul Angie Stone Executive producer
Olivia Olivia A&R
Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys Executive producer
Thank You Dido A&R
2000 The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston A&R
1999 Black Diamond Angie Stone Executive producer
No Angel Dido A&R
1997 Money Talks soundtrack album Various artists A&R
1994 Natural Thing Juliet Roberts Executive producer
Ambushed Da Bush Babees A&R[30]
1993 In a Word or 2 Monie Love Executive producer
The Voice Mavis Staples Executive producer



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Preceded by
Barry Weiss (RCA/Jive Label Group)
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RCA Records
July 2011-present
Succeeded by
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