Universal Music’s EMI Records launch new Leeds-based sub-label EMI North
The move is thought to be the “first major label to open outside of London”
The Universal Music owned label, EMI Records has announced the launch of EMI North based in Leeds.
Dubbed the UK’s “first major label to open outside of London” by EMI, the label also claims it to be working with the very best musical talent in the North of England”.
Based at Leeds’ Duke Studios, Clive Cawley, will be the president of the new label leaving his current role as managing director of EMI.
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Cawley has previously worked with artists from a range of genres including Beck, Elton John, Florence + The Machine, Lewis Capaldi, Loyle Carner, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Queen, Taylor Swift, The Killers and The Stone Roses.
Posting on social media, EMI Records state: “We’re so excited about the launch of EMI North based in Leeds!”
It adds: “The label will be dedicated to supporting the very best local talent in the North of the UK, and providing young people with opportunities to work in the music industry.”
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EMI North have also announced that it has already partnered with a non-profit music development organisation which aim to support marginalised communities called Come Play With Me as well as indie label Clue Records.According to Music Business Worldwide EMI Records is Universal Music UK’s biggest label by market share, both in terms of album sales and album-equivalent streaming.[Via: Music Business Worldwide]
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