Apple iTunes Exec Joins EMI

Alex Luke, formerly the content lead for iTunes, has jumped ship to join EMI as the record label’s senior A&R for the company’s Capitol and Virgin Label Group.

Mr. Luke will start his new gig with EMI in January where he will be in charge of finding new artists. He will report directly to Dan McCarroll, president of EMI’s Capitol and Virgin Label Group.

Apple brought Mr. Luke onto the iTunes team in 2003 to handle artist and industry relationships, music programming, and music content acquisition.

“Alex is simply one of the best music people I’ve had the privilege of working with,” Mr. McCarroll said. “He has a great understanding of what it takes to have a hit and to sustain success, and he is able to work in partnership with artists to deliver the positive outcomes that they truly deserve.”

Prior to joining Apple, Mr. Luke worked as a DJ and radio program director, launched, and worked for Napster and Pressplay as the vice president of Music Programming and Label Relations.

Apple hasn’t commented on Mr. Luke’s move to EMI.

[Thanks to 9 to 5 Mac for the heads up.]