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Warner confirms how Parlophone roster will be handled in US

By | Published on Thursday 19 December 2013


Warner Music has finalised how integration of the Parlophone roster will work in the US, with most of the acts signed to the former EMI label being represented by Warner Bros in America, which makes sense given that the main UK-based Parlophone division has been joined up with the British version of the Warner Bros label over here.

That means Warner Bros US will now get to work on releases by the likes of Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Bat For Lashes, Eliza Doolittle, Damon Albarn, Conor Maynard and Gabrielle Aplin, and will have access to most of the Parlophone catalogue that Warner acquired. Though a handful of artists will be handled Stateside by Warner’s other main division Atlantic, including Coldplay, Tinie Tempah and David Guetta.

Warner acquired the Parlophone Label Group, which consisted of the UK frontline Parlophone business, the Chrysalis recordings catalogue and various other European EMI units, earlier this year off Universal Music, which was forced to sell it by regulators in order to get a green light for its acquisition of the EMI record company. On how its new European assets would be handled in America, a spokesman for Warner told Billboard: “As you’d expect, we’ve been taking a very thoughtful approach to which US label is partnered with each act, working closely with the artists and their management”.

Elsewhere in Warner news, yesterday it was confirmed that Dion Singer had been appointed to the role of EVP Creative Marketing at Warner Bros US, while Beth Appleton, currently Marketing Director for Warner in Australia, will return to London to become SVP Marketing for Warner Music International.