Longstanding Alibaba executive and pop society icon Gao Xiaosong has still left his function as director of Alibaba New music, according to enterprise knowledge publicly readily available by way of the Chinese business info web page Tianyancha.

He exited Tuesday, the exact same working day that the Wall Avenue Journal noted that the Chinese government has requested Alibaba Team to promote off or reel in its sprawling assortment of media property. Authorities have been reportedly involved around the scale of the tech giant’s media holdings and its means to influence public viewpoint.

Gao is 1 of the most well-known entertainment figures and culture-concentrated public intellectuals in China, getting been a prosperous singer-songwriter, music producer, talk demonstrate host and director, amongst other items. He is also a longtime good friend of Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma. He joined Alibaba New music as chairman in 2015 when it was introduced.

Alibaba consolidated its enjoyment and digital media sector in June 2016, pulling alongside one another Alibaba New music, Alibaba Pictures, Alibaba Sporting activities, streamer Youku Tudou, Alibaba Literature, and others below a extra cohesive banner.

Gao shifted out of the Ali Audio function to turn out to be chairman of the Alibaba Amusement Strategic Committee shortly later on in September 2016, the place he targeted on worldwide growth.

“Mobile media and enjoyment business is central to Alibaba Group’s upcoming expansion approach, with music becoming a critical pillar of the group’s electronic entertainment method,” head of enterprise at Alibaba Leisure and Digital Media Yu Yongfu said of his appointment to the function at the time.

But Gao was also intensely concerned on the film side, paying time in Los Angeles hunting for co-manufacturing companions and outfits to spend in. He represented Alibaba at the Academy Awards in 2018. The Alibaba co-developed “Green Book” had received greatest photo.

In Oct 2019, Gao was formally detailed as owning stepped down as chairman and authorized consultant for Alibaba Tunes, but stayed on as a director, in accordance to Tianyancha. Firm information confirmed Tuesday that he is no longer director, either. It did not explain if he nonetheless as a different function at Alibaba.

In 2019, he assured regional media that he hadn’t left Alibaba completely, stating then: “I will not depart in the long term, both.”