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Warner Records US allies with new label from A&R Mel Carter

By | Published on Tuesday 4 October 2022

Mel Carter

Warner Records in the US has announced a deal with Second Estate Records, a new label founded by A&R Mel Carter, who most recently worked with Universal Music’s Republic Records. Under the deal, Warner will provide the new label with marketing and distribution services for its releases, including those of first signing 2rare. Carter will also consult for the Warner Records A&R team.

Confirming the deal, Warner Records CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck says: “Mel is one of the top A&R minds in the business. He’s already proven to be an invaluable resource for our team and 2rare is just the very beginning of what’s to come from Second Estate. [We] are excited about this new partnership and to be aligned with such a forward-thinking, dynamic force like Mel”.

Carter himself adds: “Throughout my career, I’ve been laser-focused on discovering and championing young talent. Now with Second Estate, I can continue to do that on an even bigger scale. Being able to tap into Warner Records’ incredible network and global reach is a game-changer, and will allow Second Estate’s artists to reach new heights … I’m looking forward to all we can accomplish together”.