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  1. Exclusive: Terrible Records, XL Recordings Sign Joint Venture Deal For Select Releases

    May 23, 2013 9:55 AM EDT Terrible Records, the Brooklyn-based label founded by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Ethan Silverman, has begun a worldwide partnership with XL Recordings to manufacture, distribute, market and promote certain future releases. The first releas ...

  2. Billboard to Honor Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills at MIDEM

    January 24, 2013 5:31 PM EST Martin Mills, chairman of the Beggars Group, in many ways helped create the idea of the indie label as we know it today. From its London roots as a mobile disco, a small chain of record shops and the Beggars Banquet label, the company has grown in ...

  3. Troy Carter Severs Ties With Azealia Banks, MC Seeks New Management -- But It's Not Coldplay's Dave Holmes: Source

    June 07, 2012 4:09 PM EDT In April 2012, fast-rising rapstress Azealia Banks announced that she was signing with manager Troy Carter , who also handles Lady Gaga. But after just two months, Carter has severed business ties with the MC. "I can confirm that I ended the ...

  4. EMI Launches Global Dance Network Headed By Bart Cools

    March 27, 2012 8:31 AM EDT EMI Music is looking to capitalize on the electronic dance music explosion by launching its own international A&R and marketing network solely dedicated to dance artists and records. Launching today (March 27), the EMI Dance Network brings tog ...

  5. Martin Mills, Beggars Group CEO, Honored by IMPALA

    February 02, 2012 5:23 PM EST Martin Mills, founder and CEO of the Beggars Group, has been awarded the 2011 IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award, in recognition of his achievements in the independent sector. Mills, who set-up Beggars Banquet in 1974, initially as a London cha ...

  6. Adele, Bjork, SBTRKT, Frank Turner Honored At UK's AIM Independent Music Awards

    November 11, 2011 10:05 AM EST Throat surgery may have temporarily taken her out of the live market, but Adele continues to dominate the awards season. The U.K. singer won two prizes at the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards, held in central London last night (Nov. 10). The ...

  7. Adele, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver Among U.K.'s Independent Music Award Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:27 AM EDT Adele, Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver are among the acts vying for the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards. British guitar bands The xx, Friendly Fires and The Horrors - all of whom are signed to London-based XL Recordings, label home to Adele - ...

  8. Adele Makes U.K. Chart History: First Artist To Sell 3 Million Albums In Same Year

    September 07, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Adele may have walked away from last night's Mercury Prize empty handed but she hasn't had to wait too long to find consolation. The twenty-three year-old London singer is the first artist ever to score three million U.K. album sales in ...

  9. U.K.'s AIM Announces Inaugural Independent Music Awards for November

    July 04, 2011 9:00 AM EDT The Fourth of July might celebrate the United States' liberation from its original U.K. masters, but Independence Day today sees the unveiling of the AIM Independent Music Awards, the first-ever dedicated ceremony hailing the U.K. indies sect ...

  10. Caius Pawson: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Caius Pawson A&R Manager, XL Recordings; Founder/Director, Young Turks; Manager, the xx. Caius Pawson, 25, started out promoting shows in London. But it's with U.K. alt rock band the xx that he really made his mark. Pawson manages the gro ...

  11. Beggars Group Opens West Coast Office

    April 25, 2011 6:06 PM EDT Beggars Group , the label consortium that houses seminal indie houses Matador Records, XL Recordings, 4AD and Rough Trade, has opened up west coast offices in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. The move follows the west coast migration of Matado ...

  12. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record In Tenth Week At No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:05 AM EDT With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull. Adele ...

  13. Radiohead Release 'King Of Limbs' Digitally One Day Early

    February 18, 2011 10:38 AM EST Radiohead's new album "The King of Limbs" was released digitally Friday morning (Feb. 18) on the band's website, one day ahead of schedule. The band had previously announced on Monday that the album would be available Saturday. ...

  14. Overcoming Red Carpet Fears: Vampire Weekend's Publicist Sonya Kolowrat's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 5:00 PM EST The 2011 Grammy Red Carpet: For some Grammy goers, the rouge rug presents the award ceremony's biggest challege. (Photo: Sonya Kolowrat) As a result of Vampire Weekend's album "Contra" (XL Recordings/Beggars) receiving a Grammy ...

  15. Radiohead Announce New Album, Available Saturday (And Not For Free)

    February 14, 2011 10:41 AM EST Radiohead is releasing the digital version of its upcoming album, "The King of Limbs," this Saturday with pre-orders being taken now. U.S.-based fans can choose between a digital download and a more expensive digital/physical package. Th ...

  16. Adele Confirms Sophomore Release

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. singer songwriter Adele will release her new album "21" via XL Recordings on Jan. 24, 2011 in the U.K. The single "Rolling In The Deep" is out Jan. 16. The North American release of the album will follow on Feb. 22 via Col ...

  17. Mercury Nominees' Sales Up 105%

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has issued figures showing the sales increase for the nominees of this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The XX have received the biggest sales boost in percentage terms following their victory, with the except ...

  18. The XX Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the XX has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact ...

  19. The XX's Label Hoping For Mercury Nomination Uplift

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London alternative act the XX has been installed as frontrunners for the Barclarycard Mercury Prize, and the band's label says it will capitalize on the nomination with marketing activity. Since its release in August 2009, the critically accl ...

  20. Indie Execs, Publishing Vet Launch Beggars Music

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. music publishing veteran Andy Heath has joined with XL Recordings founder Richard Russell and Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills to launch a new publishing company. Heath, currently chairman of umbrella trade organization U.K. Music, has for ...

  21. Ting Tings Lead British Grammy Hopefuls

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As the only U.K. act to be nominated in one of the main Grammy Award categories, Columbia-signed alt-rock band the Ting Tings is primed to benefit most when the awards ceremony takes place next month in Los Angeles, says its U.K. label. "For ...

  22. XL Re-Shapes Its U.K. A&R

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie XL Recordings has restructured its A&R operations, with the label's senior A&R manager Hannah Overton and A&R consultant Imran Ahmed both elevated to newly-created positions as A&R directors. At the same time, XL A& ...

  23. Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker ...

  24. Vampire Weekend Previews Sophomore Set

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. alternative act Vampire Weekend performed two new songs at U.K.-based indie XL Recordings' presentation for Q3 and Q4 releases at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (I.C.A.). The New York band performed "White Sky" an ...

  25. Briefs: Cold War Kids, Beggars Group, Allegro Media

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Cold War Kids are debuting a new kind of music video on MTVMusic.com that allows fans to remix various components into their own custom creations. There are four different versions of the songs posted to the site, each dedicated to a differ ...

  26. Beggars Group, Matador Pact With Imeem

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social music service imeem today announced a worldwide licensing and marketing partnership with indie labels Beggars Group and Matador Records. Beggars Group and Matador Records' entire digital music and video catalog will now be available fo ...

  27. IMPALA Sales Award Winners Announced

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body IMPALA has named Adele, Pink Martini and Scooter as recipients of platinum sales awards for European shipments of 500,000 units. In the latest round of IMPALA awards, Adele earned the accolade for her Mercury M ...

  28. Radiohead Go 'Nude’ With New Single, Play Free Gig

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead will play a free concert in central London on April Fools Day in support of their new single release, "Nude." The April 1 gig for BBC Radio 2 will be held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House in central London. Tickets ...

  29. 'In Rainbows' Looms For U.K. No. 1

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead's "In Rainbows" is on track to make a No. 1 start on the first Official U.K. Albums chart of 2008. The set, Radiohead's first release through XL Recordings, is likely to sell about 50,000 copies by the end of what is ...

  30. Adele Wins Brits Critics Choice Award

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rising British teenage singer songwriter Adele has won the inaugural "Critics Choice" trophy, a new category of the annual Brit Awards, organizers said today. The 19-year-old soul-tinged artist will be handed the gong at the Feb. 20, 200 ...

  31. Beggars Revamps Team

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beggars Group has restructured its team, with the arrival of Simon Halliday to manage the British independent music powerhouse's 4AD, Beggars Banquet and Too Pure labels. For the past five years, Halliday has run indie Warp Records' U.S. ...

  32. Radiohead Sets U.S. Deal For New Album Release

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected, Radiohead has completed a deal with ATO Records Group for the U.S. release of its new album, "In Rainbows." The album, to be released on the TBD Records imprint, will arrive Jan. 1, one day after being issued in the United K ...

  33. NYE Release Party For Radiohead's 'In Rainbows'

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Radiohead has set the international release date for the physical versions of its new album "In Rainbows" as Dec. 31. The album will be released on CD and vinyl, preceded by the single, "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" on Jan. 14, 2 ...

  34. Radiohead, XL Label Deal Completed

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead has ended weeks of speculation by confirming it has struck a deal with British indie label XL Recordings for the physical release of its new album, "In Rainbows." The deal is expected to cover territories outside North America, ...

  35. Report: XL Handling Radiohead CD Outside U.S.

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT XL Recordings will distribute the physical edition of Radiohead's new album, "In Rainbows," outside the United States, according to the New York Times. The company last year released Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album, ...

  36. XL's Huggett Takes Columbia A&R Role

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Entertainment U.K.'s Columbia Label Group has recruited Nick Huggett to the post of A&R head. With immediate effect, Huggett joins Columbia from indie label XL Recordings, where he has signed the likes of Mercury Music Prize winn ...

  37. XL Unveils New PR Biz, A&R Promotions

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British indie label XL Recordings is to house a new PR company to promote its own artists plus signed to other labels. Technique Publicity is being launched as a joint venture between XL and Jon Wilkinson, former head of press at the Darling Depar ...

  38. Incentive Launch Second Life Office

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance music company the Incentive Music Group has set an office in virtual online world of Second Life. The London-based operation -- run by Nick Halkes who set up XL Records and developed EMI's Positiva Records dance label -- believes S ...

  39. XL, Beggars Team With Joost

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based independent label XL Recordings and parent The Beggars Banquet Group will launch a new online broadcasting platform on upstart Internet TV service Joost, which is due to launch in the first half of 2007. XL and Beggars will have their ...

  40. XL Launches New Imprint

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Abeano Music to discover, develop new talent. Independent label XL Recordings, part of the U.K.-based Beggars Group, has launched a new imprint called Abeano Music for discovering and developing new talent. The new London-based unit has been forme ...

  41. Muse, Yorke Among BT Digital Award Winners

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala held Oct. 3 in London. British alternative rock trio and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke were the big winners last night (Oct. 3) at the fifth annual BT Digital Music Awards in London, each taking hope a brace of trophies. Yorke's debut so ...

  42. Chrysalis Signs Radiohead's Thom Yorke

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Publishing deal is for his new solo record, 'Eraser.' Chrysalis Music Group has signed Radiohead's Thom Yorke to a worldwide administration deal for his new solo record, "Eraser." The album was released earlier this month ...

  43. Update: M.I.A. Release Date Set

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST A U.S. release date of March 22 has been confirmed for M.I.A.'s debut album "Arular." Additionally, details have emerged on the artist's relationship with Interscope, reported here earlier this week. A U.S. release date of Marc ...

  44. Update: M.I.A. Release Date Set

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Interscope details confirmed. A U.S. release date of March 22 has been confirmed for M.I.A.'s debut album "Arular." Additionally, details have emerged on the artist's relationship with Interscope, reported here earlier this wee ...

  45. Sources: Interscope Signs M.I.A.

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Much-buzzed-about U.K. rapper M.I.A. has signed with Interscope Records, which will release her debut album, "Arular," by mid-April in the United States, sources say. Much-buzzed-about U.K. rapper M.I.A. has signed with Interscope Record ...

  46. Basement Jaxx Seek U.S. Label

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ex-Astralwerks act just won Grammy. Basement Jaxx -- who picked up their first Grammy Award last night for best electronic/dance album for "Kish Kash" (XL Recordings/Astralwerks) -- are without a U.S. label. The act's manager, Andre ...

  47. Basement Jaxx Seek U.S. Label

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ex-Astralwerks act just won Grammy. Basement Jaxx -- who picked up their first Grammy Award last night for best electronic/dance album for "Kish Kash" (XL Recordings/Astralwerks) -- are without a U.S. label. The act's manager, Andre ...

  48. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nat ...

  49. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nat ...

  50. U.K.'s Mercury Prize Gets Nationwide Sponsor

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Mercury Music Prize, which annually honors new and innovative music in the U.K., has secured a four-year sponsorship deal with Nationwide Building Society. The deal comes into effect with this yea The Mercury Music Prize, which annually honors ...