Atlantic Records President Ben Cook Resigns Over "Offensive" Run-DMC Costume

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In his seven years as president, Cook gave Ed Sheeran his initial record deal and also worked with Stormzy’s Merky Records.

In a shocking admission, Atlantic Records’ UK president Ben Cook has announced his resignation due to an offensive Run-DMC birthday celebration costume he after wore. Cook expressed his remorse in a statement.

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“Seven years ago, at a birthday celebration exactly where guests have been asked to come dressed as their favourite musical icon, I came as a member of Run-DMC,” he stated in a statement through the BBC. “While my intention was to honor a musical hero, I recognize my look was offensive and I produced a terrible error.”

“Late final year, rumors started to circulate about my look at that occasion, quite a few of which are merely untrue,” the statement continued. “As a consequence of this, I readily agreed to disciplinary actions by my employer final year. Considering the fact that then having said that, allegations surrounding the celebration have continued to be produced against me. I have thus come to the conclusion that I really should make this statement and step down, with instant impact.”

“I am devastated that this error has brought on upset and has named into query my commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, values which I have championed all through my profession,” he added.

In his seven years with Atlantic, Cook signed Ed Sheeran to his initial record contract in 2011. Final year, he entered a joint venture with Stormzy’s Merky Records. Through his tenure, Atlantic’s share of the UK album marketplace grew to 7.9%. Cook was employed by the label for 12 years in total.

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