Pendulum Records

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Pendulum Records is a hip hop-oriented record label originally founded in 1991 by Ruben Rodriguez, who was then working as a senior vice president for urban music at Elektra Records.[1][2] In 1992, Rodriguez resigned his position at Elektra to devote more time to his position as president of Pendulum. At the time, Pendulum was an imprint label being distributed by Elektra.[3] In 1993, it switched distribution partners from Elektra to EMI Records.[4] One of the label's most prominent and profitable signatories was the hip hop group Digable Planets. Digable Planets member Craig "Doodlebug" Irving blames the switch from Elektra to EMI for leading to their second album, Blowout Comb, not being very well-publicized.[5]

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  1. ^ "About Pendulum Records". Pendulum Records. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  2. ^ Jr., Jube Shiver (1991-12-28). "Black Executives Quietly Rising in Music Industry". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ a b c d Staff, Variety (1992-11-04). "Rodriguez ankles Elektra urban post". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ "Pop Eye". Los Angeles Times. 1993-09-12. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ Parker, Chris (2014-04-16). "Cee Knowledge catches a cosmic ride away from Digable Planets". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ Reynolds, J.R. (1994-07-09). "Pendulum Dives In With Debut Of Boogiemonsters' 'Underwater' Music". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 21. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  7. ^ Norment, Lynn (June 1995). "Entertainment Industry". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. p. 116. Retrieved 2018-07-24.

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