Communion Records Signs With Capitol Music Group For Distribution
May 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM (PT)
COMMUNION RECORDS US, the NORTH AMERICAN branch of the noted independent label COMMUNION RECORDS, has entered into a wide-ranging agreement with CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP, it was announced by COMMUNION principal (and MUMFORD & SONS member) BEN LOVETT and CMG EVPs MICHELLE JUBELIRER and SCOTT GREER, who will oversee the companies’ association.
First up will be CMG’s VIRGIN RECORDS, adding development and marketing support to COMMUNION’s breakout band CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, whose debut album, "The Balcony," was certified gold in the U.K. and who recently completed an SRO tour of the U.S.
CMG label affiliations for COMMUNION RECORDS U.S. artists will be jointly decided on a case-by-case basis between the two companies, with releases being handled through UNIVERSAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION or CMG’s CAROLINE.
A statement from JUBELIRER and GREER read: “We are so excited to be welcoming COMMUNION and its artists to the CMG family. COMMUNION has such great taste and maintains a curator’s approach to its signings that has been integral to its development into an important cultural brand. Their passion is infectious and we can’t wait to get started.”
According to COMMUNION’s LOVETT, “In a transitional and unpredictable time for the music industry, commitment to a high quality level of artists who are true musicians, full of integrity, has helped us build solid foundations. CMG is a company made up of rock stars who believe in breaking artists when the signs are telling them otherwise. This is the quality I value highest in them and this will only lead to greater things for the future of the artists we go on to work with.”
The WALES-based CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN has been named "Artist To Watch" in ROLLING STONE and recently made its television debut on "Late Show with DAVID LETTERMAN." The band is set to play a run of summer dates in the U.S., including shows at BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL in JUNE and LOLLAPALOOZA in AUGUST.
COMMUNION RECORDS was formed in LONDON in 2006 and the U.K. arm has released records from a range of artists that also include BEAR'S DEN, MICHAEL KIWANUKA, BEN HAOWARD, MATT COSBY, NATHANIEL RATELIFF and DAUGHTER. COMMUNION launched a BROOKLYN-BASED U.S. operation in 2011.