Brit band splits with manager Harrison.

Long-running British rock band the Charlatans have split amicably with longtime manager Steve Harrison and are now managed by Creation Records co-founder and former Oasis manager Alan McGee, with Stephen King, at Creation Management.

The news, reported today (May 2) on the band's Web site, comes on the day of the U.S. release of its current Creole/Sanctuary album "Simpatico," under its American guise of the Charlatans U.K.

The band has been overseen by Steve Harrison Management, in Sandbach, Cheshire in the band's north of England base, for 16 years. That relationship dated back to their first success with the 1990 U.K. top ten hit "The Only One I Know" and the No. 1 album "Some Friendly" on Beggars Banquet's Situation Two label.

After switching to Beggars Banquet itself, the Charlatans had two more U.K. No.1 albums, with a self-titled 1995 set and "Tellin' Stories" in 1997. A move to Universal brought two more top ten albums in 1999 and 2001.

In January of this year the band signed to Sanctuary, releasing "Simpatico" April 17 in the United Kingdom. It sold 12,700 copies there in its first week, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co., to debut at No. 10. This week it falls steeply to No. 51.

The Charlatans begin a North American tour at Webster Hall in New York May 16, as part of a 17-date itinerary that concludes June 8.

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