Business News Deals Labels & Publishers Top Stories

BMG acquires Infectious Music

By | Published on Tuesday 2 September 2014


The still rather acquisitive BMG has announced it has acquired Infectious, which will bring the UK indie’s acts to its recordings roster, and founder Korda Marshall and his team to BMG’s London HQ. The new asset will be overseen by BMG’s UK Exec VP Alexi Cory-Smith.

Confirming just that, Cory-Smith told reporters earlier today: “Infectious has proven itself to be one of the UK’s most successful and artist-friendly independent labels with an outstanding roster. I look forward to working with Korda and the Infectious team to deliver an exceptional service for artists”.

The original Infectious Music was founded by Marshall in 1993, initially forging an alliance with Aussie record company Mushroom, and later merging into Warner, where the label’s founder took a senior role within the UK operation. After leaving the major, Marshall re-entered the indie label domain mainly so that he could sign then new discovery The Temper Trap, subsequently working with a number of new artists, enjoying his most high profile successes with Alt-J.

On his new alliance with a bigger player in music, Marshall said: “BMG’s fresh approach to the music business and its understanding of the structural changes faced by the industry make it the obvious choice to partner with. After 33 years in music, my ambition for this business is undiminished and all of us at Infectious are looking forward to working with the BMG team. BMG shares many of our essential values, and offers access to a level of scale, infrastructure and financial support that will help take the label to the next level”.

He added: “I would like to express my appreciation to my business partner Michael Watt for his unstinting support and wisdom over the past five years, and to Pat Carr and the entire Infectious team and to all of our artists”.

Although the v2 BMG company is best known for its numerous acquisitions in the music publishing domain, it has also bought up a number of recordings catalogues, while its artist services division has worked with new and established talent on recorded music projects. Infectious will operate alongside BMG’s services unit once it has moved into the firm’s London offices.