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Wall Of Sound to collaborate with EMI on Mpho

By | Published on Monday 30 March 2009

London-based independent Wall Of Sound has announced a global licensing deal with EMI’s Parlophone division in relation to the indie’s latest development aritist, broken beat singer and Bugz In The Attic collaborator Mpho. The five album deal will see EMI work with the indie to launch Mpho’s solo career.

Explaining their reason for partnering with the major, the first time Wall Of Sound has done so to this extent, WoS top man Mark Jones told CMU: “This is the first time in Wall of Sound’s fifteen year history that we’ve teamed up with a UK major label worldwide on an artist. Mpho’s album has enormous global crossover pop potential. The honest commitment and passion of the Parlophone UK label team gave me no doubts whatsover that this set up can give Mpho and her music the best available platform. Added to that the interest and involvement of [Parlophone chief] Miles Leonard, [EMI A&R President] Nick Gatfield and Steve Melrose [at EMI’s Capitol division in the US] were another big influence on my belief that this can really work. I’ve known and respected all of the individuals concerned for some considerable time but we’ve never actually worked together before. Most importantly I’m so pleased for Mpho. It couldn’t happen to a more talented artist”.

Leonard himself added: “Mpho makes great pop music, Wall of Sound make great records, it’s what we like to work with”.



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