One of the most over-rated and over-hyped jobs in the digital music industry has finally been filled: After months of drib-drab leaks (you would have thought negotiating the contract of the MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) Music head was more complex and important than renewing the contract for Peter Chernin), MTV executive Courtney Holt has officially been named as president of MySpace Music. Holt, who previously worked at MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) as EVP of digital music for the Music & Logo Group, was considered the leading candidate for the past several weeks. A few months ago we mentioned that former MTV exec Andy Schuon and former Facebook chief revenue officer Owen Van Natta had been among the likeliest to be hired for the spot, which MySpace Music had been looking to fill since late spring.
Billboard puts the issues in perspective, on why this took so long: The rather unique org structure of MySpace Music was a sticking point. The labels have equity stake in return for licensing their songs, and they share in overall revs made from the service. It is also a separate company, and labels have seats on the board. Candidates said they were uneasy heading a company that would have so many masters, likening the role to more of a general manager than that of a true president or CEO.
Holt will now head up MySpace