Tears For Fears
The return of British new wave duo Tears for Fears also marks the launch of Universal Music Enterprises imprint New Door Records. The label will this week release the act's first album in 15 years, "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending."
"By the band getting back together and us getting involved in this new record, we have an opportunity to not only take a great record to the marketplace, but it's the first opportunity we've had to aggressively market and promote their entire music catalog while the band is working," says UME head Bruce Resnikoff.
TFF co-founders Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith say that having their catalog as New Door's major source of income relieves a lot of the pressure found at traditional labels.
"It definitely makes more sense to be working with the people who are working our catalog," Smith says. "Major labels are always considering quarterly results and budget restraints. You don't have that here, and it makes our lives considerably easier."
TFF is receiving airplay at triple-A and adult top 40 radio for the new record's first single, "Call Me Mellow." The band embarks on a North American tour Oct. 21, and is scheduled for TV appearances including "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "Today" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."