Nashville-based independent record label, Big Machine Label Group, has expanded its international presence with a new office and staff in the U.K. Located within the Universal Music Group offices on London’s Kensington High Street, the BMLG U.K. team comprises Chris Koegen (Head of International), Alexandra Hannaby (Label Manager) and Amy Maunder-Taylor (Label Coordinator) with plans to develop more over the next year. Jimmy Chapin remains Senior Manager of International and is based in the BMLG U.S. headquarters.
The establishment of U.K. offices allows BMLG to take ownership over the record cycle for its artists, which have seen success over the last year with radio airplay and live shows. BMLG will continue to work with Ted Cockle and the team at Virgin/EMI for Taylor Swift.
“Our continued strong relationship with David Joseph and the Universal Music Group is highlighted and defined by this investment and belief in the Big Machine Label Group. It highlights how dedicated we are to the U.K. (and related territories) in breaking our artists through and building on their ever-growing fanbases. This is a natural expansion of our original mission, and I can’t thank David and his incredible team enough for this opportunity,” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.
“Few would bet against Scott Borchetta succeeding in his mission to take his artists and their music to a wider audience in the U.K.,” said David Joseph, Chairman and CEO, Universal Music U.K. “He’s an exceptional discoverer of new talent, whose new team is ready to build on what our labels have already achieved here. I’m looking forward to supporting them as the U.K. chapter of the Big Machine story unfolds.”
BMLG artists are evolving with fans and music critics alike across international markets.
Swift has toured and sold out stadiums around the world while her albums have earned Multiplatinum-selling status and topped radio and sales charts where Country Music is not traditionally popular in areas such as Asia and Europe.
Thomas Rhett is currently receiving A-list airplay ahead of Coldplay and One Direction on BBC Radio 2 with his Platinum-selling hit “Crash And Burn.” He is headed to the U.K. for the first time this March for promotion and to perform at the 2016 C2C Festival main stage.
Having sold out every show they’ve played in the U.K. over the last two years and gearing up for their headline Night Life Religion Tour, Rolling Stone Country recently said of The Cadillac Three, “Like Kings of Leon before them, they are poised for their first big break in the U.K.–where they’ve sold out every headlining tour for nearly two years–before conquering their U.S. home turf.” The band is headed on their next headlining tour through the U.K. later this January.
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