Atlantic-owned label Big Beat Records is resurfacing after laying dormant for two years, Billboard reports in its April 21 issue. Aiming to reclaim its once powerful status in the world of dance/pop,

Atlantic-owned label Big Beat Records is resurfacing after laying dormant for two years, Billboard reports in its April 21 issue. Aiming to reclaim its once powerful status in the world of dance/pop, Big Beat is readying two international crossover hits, Spiller's "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" and Jakatta's "American Dream," for release in June and July, respectively, as well as Plummet's trance/breakbeat track "Damaged."

The label is also securing M&S Presents the Girl Next Door's European dance smash "Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna)" for the U.S. market, according to Craig Kallman, Atlantic executive VP, office of the chairman. Kallman founded Big Beat in 1987 and sold it to Atlantic 10 years ago.

In addition, Kallman says Big Beat will mine its catalog and rerelease out-of-print material, as well as new remixes of its dance hits, including Jomanda's "Got a Love for You," Robin S.' "Show Me Love," and Jay Williams' "Sweat." The label will also issue two double compilations this summer, one spotlighting its dance music roots, the other its latter R&B/hip-hop leanings.

Kallman says he stopped signing acts to Big Beat when "so many R&B/hip-hop acts began carrying their own label logos with them. Now, the timing is more than right to reactivate this label. It's our way of letting people know that Atlantic is once again embracing dance music in a big way. Big Beat remains a widely recognized brand, and we're simply going to build on its solid foundation.""

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