Melinda Caffin Exits Red Bull Records For Fat Possum

Independent label Fat Possum Records has appointed Melinda Caffin as COO. Based in New York, Caffin, who most recently served as CFO of Red Bull Records, will be tasked with overseeing the company’s strategy and business operations. Previously, she served as VP Finance & Label Operations of RED Distribution/Sony Music… Continue Reading

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QUICK HITS: AWAL Promotes 2 • Empire +1 Records • FADER Label • Spirit Music Group

AWAL Promotes Two: Aaron Bogucki has been upped to Vice President, Marketing at AWAL based in the UK. Over the past 18 months, Bogucki has been building up AWAL’s global digital marketing and creative content team and forging strategic partnerships with third-party tech platforms. Bogucki joined AWAL in February 2018… Continue Reading

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Bubba Sparxxx, Symphonic Partner To Launch Indie Label

Rappers Bubba Sparxxx and Alexander King have partnered with Symphonic Distribution to launch indie label 25/8 Entertainment. The first project is duo HellalujaH. Of the partnership, King said: “Our Vision for 25/8, HellalujaH, and all the creatives we represent is that our #1XTRADay1XTRAHour work ethic will propel and sustain us…. Continue Reading

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Ipecac Recordings On 20 Years Of Music Business Success [INTERVIEW]

A rare feat in a challenging industry, Ipecac Records has managed to successfully turn a profit during each of its twenty years in operation. Here, founders Mike Patton and Greg Werckman sat down to with The Orchard to discuss the label’s origins and what the future might have in store… Continue Reading

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Indie Labels Beat Sony, WMG For UK Market Share [CHART]

Independent record labels grabbed more market share so far this year than major label groups Sony Music and Warner Music in the UK, according to new stats from the Official Charts Company. Universal is winning the race so far in 2019, up 2.3% year-on-year and the indie sector is second,… Continue Reading

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Red Bull Records Bulks Up A&R Team

Red Bull Records has promoted Kenny “Tick” Salcido to Senior Vice President of A&R and added Charles “CB” Burks as Director of A&R. Salcido will report to Greg Hammer, Managing Director of Red Bull Records and Charles “CB” Burks will report to Salcido. Charles served as Director of A&R at… Continue Reading

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Beggars Expands in US • Oh Boy Signs Waldon • Daptone’s 100th • Verve Promotes • More

In this week’s Business Of Indie, Beggars Music Group expands US operations, John Prines Oh Boy Records signs Kelsey Waldon. Daptone releases 100th 45, Verve label group promotes execs and more. Like Hypebot’s More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab at the top… Continue Reading

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Vinyl At CES • A2IM Reshuffles • Rezonant Scores • eOne • AIM • More

Our latest Business Of Indie roundup includes the resurgence of vinyl at the Consumer Electronic Show, A2IM staff moves, Rezonant publishing’s banner year, a VP hire at eOne, AIM’s inclusivity campaign and much more. Like Hypebot’s More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab… Continue Reading

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Southern Lord Records Reflects On 20 Years

Twenty years ago, friends Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley joined together to create Southern Lord Records, designed to be a haven for heavy metal artists seeking to see their creative vision through to the final product. In this interview, Anderson looks back on two successful decades at the label. ____________________________… Continue Reading

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Alison Wenham Steps Down As CEO of WIN, A2IM CEO Burgess Offers Praise

Alison Wenham is stepping down as the CEO of The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) after 12 years with the global independent music industry trade group. Prior to joining WIN full time in 2016, Wenham was the CEO of the UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM), the organisation she started in… Continue Reading

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