Recently ousted Sony Music Australia CEO Denis Handlin allegedly left Amy Shark in tears after she didn’t thank him for one of four wins at the 2018 ARIA Awards.
According to a recent report by The Australian, Shark thanked Handlin during her first two acceptance speeches of the night, but when she didn’t mention him in speech #3 for ‘Album Of The Year’ for 2018’s Love Monster, Handlin allegedly became “apopleptic”.
As told by anonymous sources, Hadlin allegedly had two demands once Shark left the stage – “get the speech refilmed for the television broadcast, and tell Shark what she’d done.”
However, Shark was about to take the stage with Keith Urban, meaning a reshoot for TV wouldn’t be possible. Shark was reportedly told about the incident once the performance was over, with sources saying “she was upset because she respected him greatly,” and “because she felt like she’d let him down.”
The two were allegedly seen talking at the Sony afterparty, and Shark reportedly went to the Sony offices in Sydney the next morning to apologise to Handlin.
Two days following the ceremony, Shark took to Twitter to post a photo of her and Handlin, and thanked him specifically.
I tried for years to convince a record label to sign me. Finally wore them down! We have now won 6 Arias in 2 years! @SonyMusicAU and @WonderlickEnt I love you so much and thank you Denis Handlin for believing in me pic.twitter.com/AcNxgDVvgZ
— Amy Shark (@amyshark) November 30, 2018
Amy Shark has yet to publicly comment since The Australian reported the news.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Handlin would be leaving his role as CEO of Sony Music Australia and New Zealand after being with the company for half a century.
His firing follows the revelation earlier this month that Sony’s head office in the US has looked into claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment within its Aussie team. A staff member at the label’s Darlinghurst HQ triggered the review after making a complaint to the global head of human resources.
Since Handlin was removed from his role, the company have also stood down two senior executives: Pat Handlin – son of Denis Handlin, and the vice president of A&R – and Mark Stebnicki – the senior vice president of strategy, corporate affairs and human resources.
Yesterday, Sydney Morning Herald revealed that a dozen former employees of Sony Music Australia are looking into launching a class action lawsuit against the recording company, claiming bullying and harassment during their time at the company.
Music Feeds does not suggest that Denis Handlin, Pat Handlin or Mark Stebnicki have been accused of any misconduct or wrongdoing as part of this ongoing investigation.
Music Feeds has previously reached out to Sony Music Australia for comment, but has not yet received a response.
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