Warner Music UK and ADA ink global distribution deal with new label Never Seven, co-founded with UROK’s Sam Eldridge

ADA UK, part of Warner Music Group’s artist and label services division, has signed a global distribution deal with record company NEVER SEVEN.

The label is is co-founded with UROK’s Sam Eldridge, and is both co-founded and led by music curator and artist manager Jasmine Srih and marketing and A&R exec George Quann-Barnett.

Srih has been working in the music industry for six years within artist management, undertaking roles at Universal Music Group, Ninja Tune and Boiler Room.

Quann-Barnett, meanwhile, has a decade’s worth of music industry experience, operating within the independent space as well as Universal Music. He also formerly ran the independent Grime label Launchpad.

The first two releases from NEVER SEVEN will be Hurricane Belle, the EP from Joviale, and Claire, the debut EP from San Francisco-based Kezia.

The announcement follows news that WMUK and ADA have signed a distribution deal with Sam Eldridge and Becky Richardson’s Foundation FM Records, an offshoot of the London-based community radio station Foundation FM.

Foundation FM was created to help address gender bias and boundaries in broadcast and champion female talent in the underground music scene.

“We’re passionate about providing a platform to pioneer innovative artists.”

Jasmine Srih and George Quann-Barnett

Jasmine Srih and George Quann-Barnett, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working with the forward-thinking team at ADA to deliver the vision for our label.

“We’re passionate about providing a platform to pioneer innovative artists, an ethos that we’ve already seen is shared by both Sam and Warner Music UK. There’s no better team to actualise our ambition, and we can’t wait for everyone to see what’s next.”

“The partnership […] enables us to keep championing independent voices that deserve to be heard.

Tony Harlow, Warner Music UK

Tony Harlow, CEO, Warner Music UK, said: “The partnership with NEVER SEVEN allows us to not only extend our relationship with Sam, but enables us to keep championing independent voices that deserve to be heard.

“Everyone at WMUK and ADA is looking forward to working with Jasmine and George to bring these unique voices to a global audience.”

“We’re incredibly ambitious for NEVER SEVEN.”

Sam Eldridge, UROK Group

Sam Eldridge, President, UROK Group, added: “Jasmine and George’s ability to tap into the musical zeitgeist and identity exciting new talent that will connect with audiences is impressive.

“We’re incredibly ambitious for NEVER SEVEN, and I’m looking forward to working with Warner Music and the ADA team to propel these artists to greatness.”Music Business Worldwide

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