Nashville-based Audium Records has changed its name to Koch Records. Label president Nick Hunter says the Audium name is too closely identified with country music, and his artists have landed cuts on

Nashville-based Audium Records has changed its name to Koch Records. Label president Nick Hunter says the Audium name is too closely identified with country music, and his artists have landed cuts on the pop, triple-A, jazz and Americana charts as well.

Audium was founded five years ago by Hunter and artist manager Simon Renshaw in partnership with Koch. When Renshaw left a year later to join the Firm in L.A., he and Hunter sold their majority interest to Koch, although Hunter stayed on at the helm of Audium. The label's artist roster includes John Anderson, Ray Benson, Robert Earl Keen, David Lee Murphy, Restless Heart, Dale Watson and Dwight Yoakam.

In other news, Koch is launching a music publishing company in Nashville, Koch Music. Music Row veteran Al Cooley has been lured out of retirement to run it, effective Feb. 17. Cooley has held A&R posts with various labels, including Atlantic. The publishing division will be housed in the Koch Records offices, which are being expanded.

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