PIAS Entertainment Group

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[PIAS] Entertainment Group is a Belgian international recording, licensing, distribution, sales and marketing company for premium music, film and comedy.

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the group has over 200 employees, with offices in the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, the United States, and Australia. PIAS Recordings is the group's recorded music division.

The group was founded in 1981 by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot, who are still the co-presidents of the Group.


Michel Lambot and Kenny Gates met circa September 1981 at Michel’s record store then called “Casablanca Moon”, exclusively selling records from independent labels and they quickly became friends.

In June 1982 the store “Casablanca Moon” was closed down and they made plans to start an import company named “Play It Again Sam”. Play It Again Sam started importing from the UK in October 1982 and were based in the basement of in Kenny's parents' house in Brussels, Belgium. Michel and Kenny were then respectively 21 and 19 years old.

The company was incorporated in March 1983 with a starting capital of €5000 and the strategy rapidly became to be a “distributor” rather than an importer / wholesaler; that meant offering a full range of services to labels, such as promotion and marketing.

They started up a distribution company in the UK in 1988; in the Netherlands in 1989, in France in 1994, in Germany in 1998 and in Spain in 2001. [PIAS] Recordings is the group's in-house recorded music division, comprising two labels, Play It Again Sam and Different Recordings, headquartered in [PIAS]'s UK office in Bermondsey, London.

In early 2013, [PIAS] acquired Cooperative Music (and the Coop-owned V2 Records label) from Universal Music Group, forming the new business division [PIAS] Cooperative.[1]

2011 Warehouse Fire[edit]

On 8 August 2011, during the 2011 England Riots, a Sony DADC warehouse in the London Borough of Enfield which also acted as PIAS' primary distribution center was destroyed by fire. Most of PIAS' inventory was considered lost including records from the over 100 British independent labels which PIAS distributes.[2][3] Several album and single releases were affected by the fire,[4] including the Arctic Monkeys single "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala", the Battles single "My Machines" and the Charlie Simpson album Young Pilgrim.[5][6] The total stock loss was reported to be between 3.5 million[7] and 25 million[8] units.

Distributed Labels[edit]

PIAS Entertainment group distributes over 100 independent labels in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including the following:[3]

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