Warner France's urban music label Up Music, home to artists including Fatal Bazooka, Shy'm, Kassav and Davy Sicard amongst others, has been closed.

The label was launched in 2002 by Thierry Chassagne, now CEO of Warner Music France.

According to a Warner France's spokeswoman, the label strategy, based on licenses on urban artists, became outdated because of the impact of piracy on urban music.

Up Music's roster is now handled by the Warner label. The label is still engaged into signing urban repertoire, with Canardo having signed in December 2009, but it will favor 360-degree artist deals.

While four of Up Music's staff got integrated into the Warner label, five others got laid off, including managing director Anthony Lamond.

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