The Echo Label

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The Echo Label
Parent company BMG Rights Management
Founded 1994
Founder Chrysalis Group
Status Acquired by BMG as part of the Chrysalis publisher
Distributor(s)
Genre Indie rock
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London, England
Official website Echo.co.UK

The Echo Label was a record label started by Chrysalis Group in 1994, and linked with Pony Canyon in Japan. The Chrysalis Group were the original owners of Chrysalis Records, which they sold to EMI.

In 2005, The Echo Label recorded a loss of over £2.0 million.[1] The decision was taken to restructure the business at the beginning of the 2006 financial year, into an "incubator" for developing writer-artists with the intention of "upstreaming" them to a major label.[citation needed] The signings which resulted from this included Bat for Lashes, Steven Lindsay, Rosalie Deighton, Jacob Golden, Sarabeth Tucek and Forever Like Red. They would continue to release records for their established artists Feeder and Morcheeba. However, in a Chrysalis Group report dated 15 August 2008,[2] it was stated that The Echo Label had performed below management's expectations and had not upstreamed any artists in this period, other than Bat For Lashes, who were transferred to Parlophone in early 2007.

In May 2013, Sony Music Entertainment purchased the distribution rights to Echo material and was re-issued in July under the label. Although Echo still exists as a trading brand name for Chrysalis, as an entity the label no longer operates in which all its employees departed by the end of 2008. In March 2017, Sony’s distribution rights expired, and BMG Rights Management (which acquired the Chrysalis Music publisher in 2010) transferred the distribution to Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance division.[3]

Except for Feeder, Bat for Lashes, and several artist catalogues acquired from Warner Music (including Thomas Dolby and Megadeth), Echo is now a mostly dormant label.

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