Takeover Entertainment

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Takeover Entertainment Ltd.
Private ownership,
Private limited company
Industry Music industry & Fashion
Genre Hip hop, alternative hip hop, alternative rock, R&B, soul, neo soul, electronic, post-dubstep, dubstep, grime
Founded 9 February 2006
Founder Archie Lamb & Jack Foster
Area served
United Kingdom
European Union
United States
Key people
Kwasi Danquah III
(Chairman and A&R executive)
Archie Lamb
(President and CEO)
Jack Foster
(Vice President, COO and CFO)
Products Music management
Music Publishing
Total assets Increase £45.7 million (FY 2010)
Increase 50.8 million (FY 2010)
Increase US$73.8 million (FY 2010)
Owner Takeover Group
Number of employees
Divisions Star in the Hood
Subsidiaries Takeover/Cloud 9
Takeover Roc Nation

Takeover Entertainment is an independent record label, talent agency, musician management company, producer, and publisher of music.[1] The company was founded in 2006 and is run by Kwasi Danquah III (known by his pseudonym Tinchy Stryder), Archie Lamb and Jack Foster.[2][3] It specializes in producing R&B, hip hop and electronic music.

The first person to be signed to Takeover Entertainment was Tinchy Stryder. Success followed by Stryder becoming the biggest selling UK male artist of 2009 with his second studio album, Catch 22, which spawned hits, including "Take Me Back", and #1's "Never Leave You", and the N-Dubz collaboration "Number 1".[4]


2006-2008: Formation[edit]

The company was formed on Thursday 9 February 2006 by Archie Lamb and Jack Foster.[4] Then part-time promoters, the duo put on nightclubs in the United Kingdom that featured artists including Roll Deep and Lethal Bizzle.[4] Upon meeting Danquah in 2006 they branched out into management, and signed him to a record deal. The Star in the Hood clothing company was founded in the same year.[4]

2008-2010: Takeover/Cloud 9[edit]

Main article: Takeover/Cloud 9

In 2008 Takeover Entertainment, signed a joint venture with EMI Music Publishing to create the global music publishing company Takeover/Cloud 9, and enabled Takeover Entertainment to sign artists and songwriters and develop the signed artists and songwriters in partnership with EMI.[4]

2010-Present: Takeover Roc Nation[edit]

Main article: Takeover Roc Nation

In 2010 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Roc Nation signed a joint venture deal with Takeover Entertainment to create a European record label and entertainment company.[1] The new company was named Takeover Roc Nation.[1] Takeover Roc Nation is currently based in the United Kingdom, and distributes its record releases through Sony Music and partners with Live Nation for all other aspects of the business.[1]

Takeover Roster[edit]

Signed artists[edit]

Managed artists[edit]



DJ/Computer DJs[edit]

Audio engineers[edit]

Mixing/Mastering engineers[edit]

Takeover Concerts and Tours[edit]

  • Rollercoaster Tour, November 2011 (United Kingdom)
  • The Rockstar Tour, December 2011 (United Kingdom)
  • Bad Intentions Tour, 2012



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