Tuesday 31 May 2011, 13:23 | By

Raphael to relaunch London Records for Universal

Music Business

Universal Music

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”.

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