Staffers let go except for A&R, promo.

Lava Records, home to such artists as Simple Plan, the Click 5 and Antigone Rising, has officially been folded into Atlantic Records. As part of the process, Lava staffers, outside of personnel in the A&R and promotion departments, will be exiting the company.

The departure of Lava founder Jason Flom from the post of co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group late last month left Lava's future in a tenuous position. Lava was a joint venture between Flom and Atlantic and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic after Flom's departure.

Dave Roberge, manager for O.A.R., whose next Lava album comes out Oct. 4, commented “we're extremely sad that we had a great team who believed in the band who won't get to finish what they started, but we're equally excited about embracing a new team and what they can offer."

A statement from Atlantic indicated the goal of the restructuring is to "create a consolidated, exceptional team to take Atlantic Records into the future, and to focus the company's energies on the core strengths of this great label."

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