Decca U.K. 'Realigned" Amidst Staff Cuts, Artist Moves
February 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM (PT)
DECCA MUSIC GROUP has realigned its U.K. operation, as selected artists from its roster to UNIVERSAL CLASSICS & JAZZ. Those artists were not named; among those potentially impacted are LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, JOSÉ CARRERAS and RENÉE FLEMING, as well as non-classical artists such as MORRISSEY and JOHN BARRY.
Sources have told ALL ACCESS that there have been scores of layoffs and the classic arm of DECCA's U.K. group has been virtually shuttered. However, MUSICWEEK cites a DECCA statement asserting that "DECCA remains active as a label in the U.K., signing and recording artists, with its LONDON office continuing as a creative centre. DECCA’s classical crossover and other signings will be assigned to UCJ.
The statement also noted that "the DECCA LABEL GROUP in the U.S. is unaffected by this realignment."