Future Records (UK label)

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Future Records
Parent company Universal Music (2009-10)
Sony Music UK
Founded 2009 (as Future Records)
2012 as (Future Music)
Founder Gary Barlow
Status Closed
Distributor(s) Universal Music Group
Genre Pop, rap, rock, classical
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London
Official website FutureRecords.com

Future Records was a music imprint, based in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 2009 The label was closed in 2012.[1]


In 2009, it was announced that Gary Barlow had been given his own music label, Future, by Universal as a reward for masterminding Take That's phenomenal comeback and unprecedented success.[2] Barlow stated that by creating his own label he would be able to provide an insight and first hand experience of the music industry, and help new and exciting young talent emerge to build the future of the music industry.[2] An industry source was quoted responding to the news that Barlow had created a music label stating: "It's a masterstroke. With Gary's incredible writing ability and contacts, the acts will be in the best possible hands."[3]

Barlow's first signing was Camilla Kerslake.[4] With Barlow's guidance her debut album entered the UK classical charts at number 4. She has since stated that her involvement with Barlow through Future Records has changed her life.[5] Barlow's second signing was Aggro Santos and two months later his debut single "Candy" charted at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. His second single has since charted at number 19 in the UK singles chart and number 7 in the UK R&B Chart.

Barlow also signed Emma's Imagination, winner of the unsigned talent show Must Be The Music, to Future.[6] She hit number 7 and number 10 in the UK Singles Chart with "Focus" and "This Day" respectively. Londoners Lonsdale Boys Club are the latest signing to Future, with an album scheduled for release in early 2012.[7][8]

On 29 December 2012, Barlow announced the closure of Future Records so he could spend more time with his family. All artists signed to the label will be passed to the parent company Universal, and continue their current recording contracts.

Label artists[edit]



Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Candy" (featuring Kimberly Wyatt) 2010 5 14 UK: Silver[11] Aggro Santos.com
"Saint or Sinner" 19
"Like U Like" (featuring Kimberley Walsh) 8 17
Year Single Chart Positions[12] Album
2010 "This Day" 10 Stand Still
"Focus" 7
2011 "Brighter Greener" -


Year Information Chart positions Certifications
UK Album Chart[13] UK Classical Chart[13] Ireland[14]
2009 Camilla Kerslake 50 4 -
  • BPI: Silver
Year Album details Peak chart positions
2011 Stand Still 14 48 2


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  9. ^ "Aggro Santos - Top 75 releases". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Aggro Santos Irish discography". Irish Recorded Music Association. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  11. ^ "BPI - Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  12. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
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  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Camilla Kerslake". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  15. ^ "Emma’s Imagination ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM "STAND STILL "AND TOUR DATES | concertphotography.co.uk". Cheltjules.wordpress.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
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