S1 EP134: Atlantic Records Exec, Shawn Barron, Talks Signing New Artists

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When it comes to discovering talent, Atlantic Records’ VP of Urban A&R Shawn Barron has the “Midas touch,” and a golden set of ears to match. After discovering some of the most acclaimed hip-hop artists of today, including Drake and Ty Dolla $ign, Barron has been making his mark as one of the top A&R executives in the music business.

On this episode of The Miews podcast, I sat down with Shawn and asked some of the most frequently asked questions that I get from listeners of the show.  It is my hope that by the time you finish hearing it straight from the guy who signs artists, you’ll get some closure on some of the unknowns you’ve been pondering in your journey through the music business.


  1. Shawn’s track record on famous artists he discovered long before the world knew them
  2. What projects he’s working on at the moment
  3. How long it takes before he signs an artist he likes
  4. What he looks for in an artist before deciding to sign them
  5. How aspiring A&R can get their foot in the door, and more…


Originally Released June 13, 2016

This episode is from Season 1 (S1) of The Miews podcast, which was focused primarily on educating and inspiring those who aspire to work in the music business. Season 2 (S2) marks the beginning of a whole new format of The Miews podcast where our host, Shaine Freeman, focuses on how American entertainment affects society. In this new season of the show we feature and share the stories of top film, TV, comedy, and sports figures.