Bella Union

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Bella Union
Founded 1997
Founder Simon Raymonde
Robin Guthrie
Distributor(s) PIAS
Genre Indie rock, folk, hip-hop, alt country, space rock, dream pop, shoegaze
Country of origin United Kingdom, Northwestern Europe
Location London
Official website http://www.bellaunion.com/

Bella Union is an independent record label founded by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins in 1997, now run solely by Raymonde.

History[edit]

After releasing records with 4AD for a large part of their career, Cocteau Twins decided to start up the Bella Union record label in 1997, through which they could release their own work as well as any collaborative efforts. The band split up not long after, but instead of letting the newly formed label go under, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde, decided to take charge of it. One of the earliest bands to sign on was the Australian trio Dirty Three, who continue to release under Bella Union. Other early signees include Françoiz Breut and The Czars.

Since 2000, when Guthrie moved to France to concentrate on his own music, Raymonde took the reins at Bella Union.

In 2007, the 10th anniversary celebrations saw Bella Union host two nights at the Royal Festival Hall, with special guests Paul Weller, Romeo and Tom from Editors. Fionn Regan was nominated for a Mercury Prize Best Album Of The Year.

In 2008 and 2009, with signees Fleet Foxes successfully remaining in the chart for 100 weeks consecutively and having the biggest selling independent album of the year[citation needed], the label achieved their first Platinum selling disc. The label has sold over a million Fleet Foxes albums to date[when?][citation needed].

The label has subsequently released music by Beach House, Department of Eagles, Karl Blau Explosions In The Sky, Our Broken Garden, Fleet Foxes, The Acorn, Mercury Rev, J. Tillman, Peter Broderick, MONEY PINS M Ward, Philip Selway, John Grant, Lawrence Arabia, The Low Anthem, Hannah Cohen, Laura Veirs and Flaming Lips, LanternOn The Lake, Inventions, John Tavener. Marissa Nadler, Horse Thief Arc Iris Bernard and Edith, Clarence Clarity

The label won the Independent Record Company Of The Year award at the Music Week Awards, as voted by the UK independent retailers, in 2010, 2012, 2014[citation needed] and 2016.

In 2012, for the 15th anniversary the label took over the curation of one day at End Of The Road Festival

The label are distributed by the wholly independent distributors [PIAS] worldwide.

In 2014, signee John Grant was nominated for a BRIT Award. In 2015, Raymonde signed the Yorkshire-born singer Holly Macve, releasing the single "Corner of my Mind".[1][2] In 2016, artist Father John Misty was also nominated for a BRIT Award. In 2016 following his sold out show at Royal Albert Hall artist John Grant received a Silver disc for the album Pale Green Ghosts.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holly Macve speaks to Best Fit about her new single ahead of Latitude". 
  2. ^ "Welcome, Holly Macve - Bella Union". 
  3. ^ 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14). "Chimes & Bells". Bella Union. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  4. ^ 19 January 2012 (2012-01-19). "Poor Moon". Bella Union. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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