Greensleeves Records

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Greensleeves Records
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Parent company VP Records
Founded 1975
Founder Chris Sedgwick
Chris Cracknell
Distributor(s) VP Records
Genre Reggae
Dancehall
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location 3rd Floor, Masters House, 107 Hammersmith Road, W14 0QH, (London)
Official website Official Web Site

Greensleeves Records & Publishing is a record label specialising in dancehall and reggae music. The company was founded by Chris Cracknell and Chris Sedgwick and started as a small record store in West Ealing, London, in November 1975 and is based in Britain.[1]

They have released records by Anthony Johnson, Barrington Levy, Billy Boyo, Chezidek, Dennis Brown, Dr Alimantado, Eek-A-Mouse, Elephant Man, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Keith Hudson, Mad Cobra, Scientist, Shabba Ranks, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel and Yellowman, and have had crossover pop hits with Tippa Irie's "Hello, Darling," Shaggy's "Oh, Carolina," Beenie Man's "Who am I" and Mr Vegas's "Head High." In 2002, Greensleeves released the popular Diwali album, which launched a global resurgence in dancehall reggae music. The album contained the global hits "No Letting Go" by Wayne Wonder and "Get Busy" by Sean Paul. The riddim (slightly altered) was also used by Lumidee on the hit "Never Leave You." The label has a catalog of close to 500 albums.

Greensleeves Publishing has the largest catalogue of reggae songs in the world, including the copyrights of Shaggy's "Oh, Carolina", Sean Paul's "Get Busy", and "Break it Off" among over 20,000 copyrights.

The company was bought by Zest Inc. in 2006, and in 2008 was bought by VP Records.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Campbell, Howard (2012) "Greensleeves Records paves way for dancehall", Jamaica Observer, 4 July 2012, retrieved 2012-07-05

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