Johnny Marr, Orbital sign to Warner Music UK’s new label services division

Warner Music UK has launched a new Artist and Label Services division, boasting a debut roster that includes new albums from Johnny Marr and Orbital.

Building on the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) offering, the service gives successful independent musicians the opportunity to leverage Warner Music’s international marketing and promotions expertise.

Artists and labels can also choose to work with a range of specialist support functions, including: physical and digital sales and distribution, digital marketing, promotion, publicity, manufacturing, brand partnerships, media planning and buying, synch and licensing.

Reporting into Christian Tattersfield, CEO, Warner Music UK, the new division will be overseen by Dan Chalmers, Managing Director Rhino and ADA UK. Chalmers will manage the new dedicated teams of marketing and promotion experts and work with them to deliver tailored release strategies.

Christian Tattersfield said, “Our priority is to cultivate an environment that allows artists to achieve their full potential. We are opening the door for Warner Music UK to create deeper relationships and new commercial partnerships with successful independent acts. As MD of both Rhino and ADA, Dan has extensive experience in working with the big-name artists that we will continue to attract to this new service.”

Dan Chalmers said “We are working with industry legends in Johnny Marr and Orbital. The creative diversity of these artists demonstrates the full range of marketing and distribution expertise Warner Music Artist and Label Services can provide. I look forward to working with Christian and the rest of the team to bring in even more exciting acts.”

Orbital worked with Warner Music Artist and Label Services to release their most recent album and utilised a number of specialist operations that include; label management, retail and online marketing, manufacturing, radio and TV promotion, as well as media planning and buying.

Rob Holden, manager of Orbital said “Warner Music’s Artist and Label Services allowed us to produce an album in our own way, then use the power and strategic expertise of a major label to support its successful release.” Music Business Worldwide

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