Independiente (record label)

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Independiente Records
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Parent companyConcord Music
Founded1997 (1997)
FounderAndy Macdonald
Distributor(s)Universal Music Group (worldwide distribution)
Craft Recordings (reissues)
Country of originUK
LocationLondon, England

Independiente is a British independent record label formed in 1997 after Andy Macdonald sold his first label Go! Discs to PolyGram in 1996 for a reported £30 million. The label, which is currently dormant, is a division of Concord Music.[1]

The label's catalogue included albums by Travis, John Martyn, Nile, Gomez, Embrace, Paul Weller and Martina Topley-Bird. In December 2013, it was confirmed that Embrace had signed to Cooking Vinyl, leaving Independiente with no current artists on its roster.[2] The label ceased releasing music by new artists in 2009 and has subsequently transformed itself into a profitable synchronisation business, sourcing opportunities in film and advertising for its catalogue.

Label success[edit]

The label saw a considerable amount of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the Travis album The Man Who being cited as the 25th biggest selling album in the UK,[3] and their follow up The Invisible Band in 2001, along with Out of Nothing, Embrace's UK number one comeback album released in September 2004. Embrace's follow-up album This New Day also debuted at number one, becoming the band's third number one album.

Artists who have released records on Independiente[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Concord Music Acquires U.K. Indie Label Independiente Records | Billboard". 6 August 2018. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Cooking Vinyl signs Embrace". 13 December 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Queen rules - in album sales". Retrieved 23 April 2009.

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