Brian Nolan

Executive Vice President, Capitol Music Group
Capitol Music Group

Nolan has achieved a consistent series of impressive brand-partnerships for a diverse array of Capitol Music Group artists, including: The groundbreaking relationship between Lil Baby and Doritos that spawned the original song, “Toast Up”; Multiple campaigns for Halsey with Beats By Dre, including the 2019 global holiday campaign that helped propel the artist’s single, “Without Me,” to become the biggest of her career, so far; The Mountain Dew and Migos deal that featured the trio and their original song, “Position To Win,” in a year-long national TV ad campaign, as well as Migos’ “Stir Fry” being featured in TNT’s 2018 All Star Weekend promotional spots; the 2019 ESPN College Football and CMG partnership that included Judah & The Lion creating an original song, “Let Go” that served as the season’s anthem; LYFT becoming the official ride-sharing partner of Capitol Music Group in 2019, the first-ever deal of its kind for the company. He is also a soundtrack producer for the hit Netflix film, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

Nolan created CMG’s Bonus Tracks program, through the company’s partnership with Compton Unified School District at Dominguez High School, in which students learn about careers within the music industry through in-person seminars at the school led by CMG executives. The program has expanded to multiple markets in the U.S., including Nashville and is set to launch in Atlanta in 2021. Nolan serves on the board of Universal Music Group’s Task Force For Meaningful Change and is a board member of the West Coast chapter of the TJ Martell Foundation.

Prior to joining CMG in 2018, Brian Nolan spent 12 years at Columbia Records/Sony Music, most recently as Columbia’s Vice President of International Marketing. In that role, he led the international marketing campaign for David Bowie’s ★ album, one of the biggest-selling worldwide releases of 2016. He also led international marketing campaigns for Depeche Mode, John Mayer and Russ, to name a few. Prior to assuming that role, Nolan was Vice President of Sony Music’s in-house Creative Agency, where he co-created Culinary Beats – a CITI-branded original series that aired for two seasons on Yahoo! – and On The Road, which aired on The Travel Channel. He was also an Executive Producer of YouTube’s Best.Cover.Ever original series, which aired in 2017. Nolan played a key role in the development of J. Cole and was acknowledged for his efforts in J. Cole’s “Note To Self” on the multi-platinum 2014 Forest Hills Drive album.

Brian Nolan was named of one of Linkedin’s Next Wave in 2015 and was featured in ESPN Magazine’s Music Issue that same year. He was one of Billboard Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2014, 30 Under 30 in 2009 and Street Information Network’s (S.I.N.) Mixshow Executive of the Year in 2008.

He began his career working in the mailroom at BMG in 2002, a post he held for two years before his tenure at Columbia Records.