WMG pushes back at reports that Stormzy triggered Ben Cook resignation


You’ve likely read the news earlier this week that Atlantic Records UK president Ben Cook was stepping down, as the result of an incident seven years ago when he went to a party dressed as a member of Run DMC.

Cook was disciplined for the incident last year, but has only now stepped down, which has been sparking some gossip this week. The Sun fuelled that with an article suggesting that artist Stormzy played a role, with its source claiming “He stepped in and made it clear he would not be prepared to keep working with them if Ben stayed, and also that he might go public with the details of why”.

The response from Warner Music Group was swift: “That’s simply not true. No artists were involved in our decision-making,” its spokesperson told both MBW and Billboard. Stormzy has yet to comment publicly, although as Billboard reported, some other black British artists – Wiley and Kojey Radical included – have come out in support of Cook publicly, saying that he is not a racist.

Written by: Stuart Dredge