Former EMI Music Continental Europe president Emmanuel de Buretel has inked an exclusive global licensing deal with Warner Music International for his new venture, Because Music. The deal excludes Fra

Former EMI Music Continental Europe president Emmanuel de Buretel has inked an exclusive global licensing deal with Warner Music International for his new venture, Because Music. The deal excludes France and the United Kingdom, where the company has specific distribution deals.

De Buretel describes Because Music as "an independent multicultural label" with recording, music publishing, management and touring activities. Because will operate with offices in both London and Paris.

In a statement, WMI chairman and CEO Paul-René Albertini praised de Buretel's A&R skills. "When you think of the most exciting cross border projects in Europe over the past 15 years, it is Emmanuel who is responsible for nearly all of those successes," he says.

Because's first release under the new agreement is Mali Amadou and Mariam's "Dimanche A Bamako," produced by Manu Chao. The album was released Nov. 8, 2004 in France; local indie Wagram distributes the label there. A distribution deal for the United Kingdom is currently under discussion.

De Buretel joined EMI in 1985 as head of Virgin France's publishing operations in Paris. He later became president of Virgin Records France and EMI Music France. He moved to London in 1998. During his career he was involved with such European acts as Manu Chao, Daft Punk, Air, Herbert Groenemeyer, Lene Marlin and Tiziano Ferro.

He left EMI at the end of March 2004 and was replaced by former EMI Records Group U.K. president/CEO Jean-Francois Cecillon.

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