Universal have announced that Nick Raphael, who is joining the major from Sony Music, will relaunch and head up an all-new London Records. Raphael worked for London back in the day in one of his early music industry roles, before joining BMG and later Sony. London Records was originally a subsidiary of Polygram, which merged with Universal in 1998. After the merger London was sold to Warner – who announced last week that they were reviving one of the label’s dance imprints, Pete Tong’s FFRR – but the London Records name itself seemingly reverted to Universal last year.
By heading up a new division Raphael will report directly into Universal Music UK boss David Joseph, who told CMU this morning: “Nick is a hugely welcome addition to our team and I am confident he will create a new force with a re-born London Records. He is a highly talented and respected executive with great energy and creativity – I’m delighted he’s chosen Universal to further his career”.
Raphael added: “I am extremely excited to be joining David and his team at Universal and to start the next chapter of my career under the banner of London Records. Hopefully I can continue London Records’ tradition of launching and breaking a diverse range of global artists that stretches decades from The Rolling Stones to Salt N Pepa to All Saints”.