Ministry of Sound, one of the U.K.’s biggest independent labels, has been acquired by the British arm of Sony Music.
The imprint was launched in 1993 as an extension of the influential London nightclub founded by James Palumbo. In the two decades since then it has grown to become one of the world’s biggest dance music labels with cumulative album sales in excess of 70 million, including 40 U.K. No. 1 albums and over 20 chart-topping singles.
As part of the Sony deal, the major acquires the label roster, back catalogue and hugely successful compilations business, which accounts for approximately one in every six compilation albums sold in the United Kingdom, with “The Annual,” Dance Nation” and “Clubbers’ Guide” among its biggest selling titles.