Capitol Records UK LaunchesPosted on May 1st, 2013 by Lee Jarvis in Music Industry News
Universal Music Group has announced the launch of Capitol Records UK, the latest arm of the infamous label, and yet another subsidiary of Universal’s vast media reach. As we previously mentioned, the first news of a Capitol UK brand was made when Universal merged two of their other assets, the UK arm of Virgin Records and UK unit Mercury Records.
The current head of Universal imprint London Records, Nick Raphael will become president of the new label, reporting to Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph and also working closely with US-based Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett – the pair first worked together 12 years ago at Sony.
Raphael’s current team at London Records, including Senior Vice-President of A&R Jo Charrington and Head of Marketing Tom Paul, will all be making the move over to Capitol UK, and will be creating new music job opportunities over the next few weeks. Capitol UK will be based in premises outside Universal Music UK’s Kensington High Street HQ, and the expanding team will deal with a broad stream of artists from the US label including Emeli Sandé, Bat For Lashes, Coldplay, and many more.
David Joseph says, “For us to work with Capitol is an honour and a tremendous opportunity – it’s a label with an incredible past but what the new team are doing promises a huge amount for the future. Here in the UK, the same can be said for what Nick’s leadership can do for the label, with Capitol joining Virgin EMI, Island, Polydor and Decca to complete our line-up of frontline labels.”
Raphael adds, “When David approached me to run Capitol Records in the UK I jumped at the opportunity to run a legendary label with an incredible roster and the chance to work with Steve Barnett again.”
The launch of Capitol UK marks the first time that the legendary imprint has had a stand-alone presence in the UK. The label rose to fame in the 1940s, releasing music by Les Paul, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole, and becoming the first major label on the west coast to compete with the east coast monoliths of Decca and Columbia. They continued their strong growth with signings throughout the years including Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Queen, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.