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Motown Records UK Launches – Variety

Motown is launching a UK outpost, label president Ethiopia Habtemariam and EMI Records president Rebecca Allen introduced at present (Sept. 14). Rob Pascoe (pictured at left) will maintain the brand new place of managing director and Afryea Henry-Fontaine has been named advertising director of the label which is able to showcase a “new era of British Black music,” in line with an announcement.

Pascoe and Henry-Fontaine have been with Motown for 9 years, working such acts as Lil Yachty, Migos, Lil Child and Metropolis Women, who had been signed out of the U.S. The 2 are veterans of Common Music, father or mother firm to Motown and EMI, having beforehand labored in numerous positions for 18 years and eight years, respectively.

“The music of Motown has lengthy influenced British tradition and continues to supply the final word artistic inspiration for generations of artists and followers,” mentioned EMI’s Allen. “With the launch of Motown Records within the UK, with a devoted workforce and sources, we’re trying ahead to bringing the music of this tradition-defining label and its artists to the widest potential audiences in addition to constructing an energising and galvanizing new roster on the label. Rob and Afryea are two of probably the most inspiring executives throughout the music enterprise. Having already labored extremely carefully with the Motown workforce within the US, I’ve little question that their vitality and ambition will lead this label into a really thrilling new chapter in its historical past.”

Added Habtemariam, who has headed Motown since 2014: “The previous 5 years have been a interval of super international development for Motown, by artist growth that’s central to our firm’s 60-year historical past and by way of entrepreneurial partnerships which have vastly expanded our attain. The timing couldn’t be extra good for the launch of Motown Records UK, and I’m trying ahead to working carefully with Rebecca, Rob and Afryea as we signal and develop thrilling new British expertise, broaden our platform for Black entrepreneurship within the UK and information Motown in direction of even better international success.”

Motown is presently headquartered in Los Angeles however has signed a lot of its expertise from Atlanta by way of a three way partnership with High quality Management Music spearheaded by Habtemariam. A fruitful partnership from the bounce, its newest success story is Lil Child, who has collected almost 20 billion international streams and offered over 10million observe-equal albums over the previous 4 years. His album, My Flip,” is among the many high sellers within the U.S. in 2020.

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