Fabric is a nightclub in Farringdon, England. Founded in 1999, it was closed down by authorities in 2016. Fabric began a campaign to save the club on 16 September 2016. Fabric was allowed to be reopened under strict laws. Located on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield Market, the club was voted World Number 1 Club in DJ Magazine's "Top 100 Clubs Poll" in 2007 and 2008 and ranked World Number 2 in 2009, 2010 and 2017. In 2017, Fabric was nominated for Club of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards; the club was founded by Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie and opened on 29 October 1999. Fabric occupied the renovated space of the Metropolitan Cold Stores. Smithfield Meat Market operates from a site directly opposite; the area's construction took place in Victorian times alongside nearby landmarks Holborn Viaduct and Fleet Valley Bridge. Fabric has three separate rooms with independent sound systems. A feature of the club is its vibrating floor in Room One: known as a "bodysonic" dancefloor, sections of the floor are attached to 400 bass transducers emitting bass frequencies of the music being played.
In 2010, Fabric went into administration after its sister club Matter, with whom it had a cross-guaranteed loan, announced it would close for the summer due to financial difficulties suffered as a consequence of continued delays with TfL upgrade of the Jubilee Line. Fabric was put on the market on 1 June 2010. On 24 June it was announced Fabric was no longer in administration and had been bought by Fabric Life Limited, "a consortium who back founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie's vision." The musical genres played at Fabric vary. Friday nights are dedicated to bass music genres, being drum and bass since its inception. FabricLive features genres including grime, breakbeat and bassline. Saturday nights, showcase genres such as house and disco, feature the club's resident DJs Craig Richards and Terry Francis. Richards was one of the Directors of Music Programming, selecting the line-ups for Saturday nights, which have featured appearances by DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Ellen Allien, many others.
Sundays at Fabric are promoted by "Wetyourself", a polysexual event, running since February 2009. The music policy is underground house and techno, with the occasional live PA. A CD series was launched in 2001 under Fabric Records, it rotates monthly between Fabric and FabricLive, with the series showcasing established and emerging DJs. It is independent and operated by Fabric; the full list of titles in the series can be seen at Fabric discography. On 19 September 2008, Leslie opened the 2,600-capacity music venue Matter. Located in The O2, it was their first project outside of Fabric. Matter has since closed. Houndstooth is a record label from Fabric, started in February 2013. On 7 September 2016, after a review into the drug-related deaths of two people in the club, Fabric's licence was revoked and the venue was closed permanently, despite a campaign to secure the club's future backed and popularised by DJs, venue-goers and several politicians. London's mayor Sadiq Khan criticised the decision and placed it in the context of the city having lost 50% of its nightclubs since 2008, a "decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife".
Following the closure, supporters of the club launched a social media and crowdfunding campaign supporting reopening the club. Over £200,000 was raised toward a legal fighting fund to appeal the council's decision. In November 2016, news reports stated that the council and the club's management were working on an out of court settlement that might lead to the reopening of the club. On 21 November 2016, Fabric struck a deal with Islington Council, with backing from the Mayor of London, to reopen the club. Conditions are as follows: a new ID system, covert surveillance system, a lifetime ban for anyone found dealing or in possession of drugs and no one under the age of 19 allowed between Friday 8pm to Monday 8am. Shortly after these changes were made, it was announced that Fabric would be steeply cutting down on their FABRICLIVE bass-driven nights, which included their famous Playaz drum and bass residency, which spiked controversy among the respective bass music communities within drum and bass.
Their FABRICLIVE brand of nights would be hosted on the second and last Fridays of every month, when it would be every Friday. Whether this has any relation to the Metropolitan Police's comment about faster music is more influenced by drugs, is still a matter of huge debate, as bass music continues to develop a bad reputation within the police of London. Media related to Fabric at Wikimedia Commons List of electronic dance music venues Official website Fabric Review
Daft Punk are a French electronic music duo formed in Paris in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement, had success in the years following, combining elements of house music with funk, disco and synthpop, they have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most public appearances since 1999 and grant interviews or appear on television. The duo were managed from 1996 to 2008 by the head of Ed Banger Records. After Bangalter and Homem-Christo's indie rock band Darlin' disbanded, they began experimenting with drum machines and synthesisers, their debut studio album Homework was released by Virgin Records in 1997 to positive reviews, backed by singles "Around the World" and "Da Funk". Their second album, had further success, supported by hit singles "One More Time", "Digital Love" and "Harder, Faster, Stronger". In March 2005, Daft Punk released their third album, Human After All, to mixed reviews, though the singles "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" achieved success in the United Kingdom.
Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. They composed the score for the film Tron: Legacy, released in 2010 alongside its soundtrack album. In 2013, Daft Punk left Virgin for Columbia Records, released their fourth album, Random Access Memories, to acclaim. Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky". In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Starboy", a collaboration with The Weeknd; as of 2015, Daft Punk had sold over 12 million albums worldwide. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 while attending the Lycée Carnot secondary school in Paris; the two recorded demos with others from the school. This led to the formation of a guitar-based group called Darlin' with Laurent Brancowitz in 1992. Bangalter and Homem-Christo played bass and guitar while Brancowitz was brought on board after the two sought an additional guitarist.
The trio had branded themselves after The Beach Boys song of the same name, which they covered along with an original composition. Both tracks were released on a multi-artist EP under Duophonic Records, a label owned by the London-based band Stereolab, who invited the trio to open for stage shows in the United Kingdom. Bangalter felt that "The rock n' roll thing we did was pretty average, I think, it was so brief, maybe six months, four songs and two gigs and, it." A negative review in Melody Maker by Dave Jennings subsequently dubbed the music "a daft punky thrash." Instead of dismissing the review, they found it amusing. As Homem-Christo stated, "We struggled so long to find Darlin', this happened so quickly." Darlin' soon disbanded. Bangalter and Homem-Christo experimented with drum machines and synthesisers. In September 1993, Daft Punk attended a rave at EuroDisney, where they met Stuart Macmillan of Slam, co-founder of the label Soma Quality Recordings; the demo tape given to Macmillan at the rave formed the basis for Daft Punk's debut single, "The New Wave", a limited release in 1994.
The single contained the final mix of "The New Wave" called "Alive", to be featured on Daft Punk's first album. Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record "Da Funk", it became the duo's first commercially successful single the same year. After the success of "Da Funk", Daft Punk looked to find a manager; the duo settled on Pedro Winter, who promoted them and other artists at his Hype night clubs. The band signed with Virgin Records in September 1996 and made a deal through which the duo licensed its tracks to the major label through its production company, Daft Trax. Bangalter stated that while the duo received numerous offers from record labels, they wanted to wait and ensure that Daft Punk did not lose creative control, he considered the deal with Virgin to be more akin to a partnership. In the mid-to-late nineties, Daft Punk performed live without costumes in many places including the United States. In 1996, the duo were featured at an Even Furthur event in Wisconsin, their first public performance in the U.
S. In addition to live original performances, they performed in various clubs using vinyl records from their collection, they were known for incorporating various styles of music into their DJ sets at that time."Da Funk" and "Alive" were included on Daft Punk's 1997 debut album Homework. In February of that year, the UK dance magazine Muzik published a Daft Punk cover feature and described Homework as "one of the most hyped debut albums in a long long time." According to The Village Voice, the album revived house music and departed from the Eurodance formula. As noted by critic Alex Rayner, Homework brought together established club styles and the "burgeoning eclecticism" of big beat. In 1997 Daft Punk launched their Daftendirektour to promote Homework in several cities throughout the world. For this tour the duo opted to utilize their home studio equipment for the live stage; as Bangalter stated, "Everything was synched up -- the bass lines. The sequencer was just controlling the beats and bars.
On top of this structure we built all these layers of samples and various parts that we could bring in whenever we wanted to." 25 May 1997 saw them perform at the Tribal Gathering festival at Luton Hoo, headlining with Orbital an
Digitalism are a German electronic music duo formed in Hamburg in 2004, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. The duo are signed to French label Kitsuné, as well as Virgin Records and Astralwerks in other parts of the world. Digitalism have remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Klaxons, The White Stripes, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure, their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Boys Noize and Justice. Digitalism have made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, South by Southwest and Vines, Electric Picnic and Ultra Music Festival as well as various clubs worldwide. Moelle has two solo releases on Kitsuné, he has since released "Vesuvia/Theme of Palermo Disko Machine" as Palermo Disko Machine on Vulture Music. Moelle and Tüfekçi became friends; the store's owner asked them to DJ a party, they began mixing and recording. According to Moelle, they record their music in a World War II bunker.
Digitalism's debut album, was released in Japan on 9 May 2007 by Toshiba EMI, in France on 21 May 2007 by Kitsuné, in North America by Astralwerks, in Australia and New Zealand by etcetc and Virgin Records. The album includes re-edits of the released singles "Jupiter Room" and "Zdarlight" as well as their "Digitalism in Cairo" original re-edit of a track by The Cure; the Pogo EP was released as a single in support of the album in May, with two alternate versions of the track. Digitalism released their EP Blitz under Kitsuné on 8 November 2010. On 7 April 2011 they announced a new album, I Love You Dude, released on 20 June 2011. On 18 June, they played at the Hurricane Festival. Over the course of two years—early 2012 to the end 2013—Digitalism released 13 original tracks on 5 separate international dance labels from America to England, Germany to the Netherlands with sub-releases of these singles in Japan and France; these releases featured 3 Digitalism remixes of their peers and a mix album that released on International Record label Studio!
K7 featuring all but a few of tracks. The DJ-Kicks album debuted the band in the UK Albums sales charts; the majority of the music was written and recorded in Los Angeles during the Winter and early spring months from 2012 to 2013. During this time the band toured both as DJs and a live act, playing all of these dance-oriented releases as well as material from the first and second albums in Europe, Australia, Canada, South America and the United Kingdom. In January 2014, Digitalism released Fahrenheit 32 on their Soundcloud profile and announcement of a tour in the US and period of recording; the release of "Fahrenheit 32" was an immediate success for Digitalism, featuring on BBC Radio, KCRW and Sirius Radio in the US. During the Winter of 2014, the band once more relocated from Hamburg, Germany to Los Angeles, United States to record new material. In May 2014, the band released "Wolves" featuring American indie band Youngblood Hawke, debuting in Germany and receiving radio playlist support in the US on KCRW and Sirius XM.
The release of "Wolves" was backed by the international telecommunications company Vodafone, who used the record in a national campaign for a period of eight months, employing Digitalism to front the campaign with DJ shows and interviews. On 4 March 2016, the duo announced their first album in five years entitled Mirage, released on 13 May, along with promotional singles "Utopia" and "Battlecry". On 7 March 2016, the band announced the Mirage world tour in support of the album, including dates in France, the United States, the United Kingdom, more; the first official video for the Mirage campaign was for "Utopia", it was premiered on KALTBLUT Magazine on 19 March 2016. Digitalism cite Daft Punk and film soundtracks as influences, as well as computer game music, Ennio Morricone, The Strokes, Stewart Price and Roule Records; the song "Zdarlight" is not named after Philippe Zdar of Cassius, as thought. Rather, it is named after the word "starlight", but with a different spelling. To mirror the influence of their second studio album I Love You Dude, the band rebuilt their live show and incorporated more modular synthesisers, which they would play live—this involved adding a live drummer.
As a live act, they shared the stage with many acts including as Queens of the Stone Age, DJ Shadow and Justice. At the same time as DJs, they developed a following with techno sets. Following the run of live shows, Digitalism started recording dance oriented records and releasing "singles" on labels that demanded fast turn-around for both recordings and release commitment; these stringent time constraints forced them to craft a more progressive musical sound, which furthered their status as musical pioneers of modern dance music. Idealism I Love You Dude Mirage Video games The 2007 single "Pogo" was utilized in various forms of media, including in the official soundtracks of Electronic Arts video games Need for Speed: ProStreet and FIFA 08; the track "Idealistic" was used in the first trailer for Rockstar Games' title Midnight Club: Los Angeles. A remix of "Zdarlight" was used in the trailer for Nadeo's TrackMania Nations Forever released in early 2008; the song "Blitz" is featured in SSX, released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in early 2012.
The song "Circles" is part of FIFA 12's soundtrack. The song "Encore" was part of the soundtrack of
Gossip is a three-piece American indie rock band active from 1999 until 2016, formed in Olympia, Washington. For most of their career, the band consisted of singer Beth Ditto, multi-instrumentalist Brace Paine, drummer Hannah Blilie. After releasing several recordings, the band broke through with their 2006 studio album, Standing in the Way of Control. A follow-up, Music for Men, was released in 2009; the band played a mix of post-punk revival, indie rock, dance-rock. Their last album, A Joyful Noise, was released in May 2012. Gossip was formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington, by vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan "Brace Paine" Howdeshell, drummer Kathy Mendonça. All three were from Searcy, Arkansas. Howdeshell and Mendonça had been in bands together in Arkansas. Gossip coalesced. In 1999, the independent record label K Records released Gossip's first recording, their debut EP The Gossip, to coincide with the band's tour with Sleater-Kinney. Gossip played at the first Ladyfest in Olympia in August 2000 and was included in Time Magazine's article on the festival.
Their next record was the debut studio album That's Not What I Heard, released by the label Kill Rock Stars on January 23, 2001. They followed it with the EP Arkansas Heat on May 7, 2002. Movement, their second studio album, was released on May 6, 2003. In November 2003, two months after the release of their first live album Undead in NYC on September 9, drummer Kathy Mendonça left the band to pursue a career as a midwife. Established punk drummer Hannah Blilie joined to replace her; the band dropped "The" from their name, continuing as plain "Gossip". The first release featuring new drummer Hannah Blilie was the band's next album, Standing in the Way of Control, it was released on January 24, 2006 on Kill Rock Stars and in 2006 on UK independent label Back Yard Recordings. The record was produced by Ryan Hadlock, owner of Bear Creek Studio, Fugazi singer/guitarist Guy Picciotto; the album Standing in the Way of Control has earned Gold Record Status in the UK. Gossip's first UK TV appearance was on BBC1's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, where they performed the title track "Standing in the Way of Control".
As reported on Pitchfork Media in March 2007, the group signed to Music With a Twist, a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group, concentrating on LGBT music acts. During the summer of 2007, Gossip was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour 2007, which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada. Hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper, the tour included Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, The Cliks, special guests. Profits from the tour went to benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Gossip is based in Portland and has played with bands such as Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, CSS, Erase Errata, Mika Miko, Panther and Mates of State, they opened for Scissor Sisters on three dates of their November 2006 tour. On June 24, 2007 Gossip closed the Glastonbury Festival, playing the final set on the John Peel stage during which Ditto gave a tribute to the late John Peel; the band performed the following year, on the Pyramid Stage. Gossip launched their Live in Liverpool album in the UK and the U.
S. in April 2008. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and features a DVD of their live performance. A new studio album called Music For Men was released in June 2009; the first single from the album, "Heavy Cross", was successful in Germany where it was certified triple gold for selling over 450,000 copies, was mentioned as the "most successful internationally produced single" of all time in September 2010. In January 2011 the single broke the German record for the longest-selling track in chart history. By 14 January 2011 it had spent 82 consecutive weeks on the German Top 100. On March 12, 2012, the band's comeback single, "Perfect World", was unveiled on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, their fifth studio album, A Joyful Noise, produced by Xenomania's Brian Higgins, was released in late May. The band's music had become poppier. Andy Gill, writing in The Independent, welcomed the result, whereas Pitchfork's review was more negative. A second single, "Move in the Right Direction", was issued in May.
During the summer, the band headlined various festivals. In an interview with Pitchfork in February 2016, Ditto confirmed the split of Gossip, she stated that she intends to focus on new music as a solo artist. However in March 2019 Ditto announced the band's return with a show in Late July 2019 celebrating the 10th anniversary of „Music for Men“; the band's style has been described as "a soul or gospel" voice with "a sort of funky punk soundtrack". Members of Gossip have stated a liking for rock bands like Birthday Party and the Banshees and The Raincoats, but for other genres such as dance and hip hop. Studio albumsThat's Not What I Heard Movement Standing in the Way of Control Music for Men A Joyful Noise Beth Ditto – vocals, piano Nathan "Brace Paine" Howdeshell – guitar, keyboards Hannah Blilie – drums Kathy Mendonça – drums Christopher Sutton – bass 2010: nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Music Artist" for their album Music for Men during the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. June 18, 2012, the single "Move in the Right Direction" was named BBC Radio 2's Record of The Week.
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A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip". Music videos use a wide range of styles and contemporary video-making techniques, including animation, live action and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film.
Some music videos combine different styles with the music, such as animation and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variety for the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song's lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may not have any concept, being a filmed version of the song's live concert performance. In 1894, sheet music publishers Edward B. Marks Joe Stern hired electrician George Thomas and various performers to promote sales of their song "The Little Lost Child". Using a magic lantern, Thomas projected a series of still images on a screen simultaneous to live performances; this would become a popular form of entertainment known as the illustrated song, the first step toward music video. In 1926, with the arrival of "talkies" many musical short films were produced. Vitaphone shorts featured many bands and dancers. Animation artist Max Fleischer introduced a series of sing-along short cartoons called Screen Songs, which invited audiences to sing along to popular songs by "following the bouncing ball", similar to a modern karaoke machine.
Early 1930s cartoons featured popular musicians performing their hit songs on-camera in live-action segments during the cartoons. The early animated films by Walt Disney, such as the Silly Symphonies shorts and Fantasia, which featured several interpretations of classical pieces, were built around music; the Warner Bros. cartoons today billed as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, were fashioned around specific songs from upcoming Warner Bros. musical films. Live action musical shorts, featuring such popular performers as Cab Calloway, were distributed to theaters. Blues singer Bessie Smith appeared in a two-reel short film called St. Louis Blues featuring a dramatized performance of the hit song. Numerous other musicians appeared in short musical subjects during this period. Soundies and released from 1940 to 1947, were musical films that included short dance sequences, similar to music videos. In the mid-1940s, musician Louis Jordan made short films for his songs, some of which were spliced together into a feature film, Lookout Sister.
These films were, according to music historian Donald Clarke, the "ancestors" of music video. Musical films were another important precursor to music video, several well-known music videos have imitated the style of classic Hollywood musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s. One of the best-known examples is Madonna's 1985 video for "Material Girl", modelled on Jack Cole's staging of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Several of Michael Jackson's videos show the unmistakable influence of the dance sequences in classic Hollywood musicals, including the landmark "Thriller" and the Martin Scorsese-directed "Bad", influenced by the stylised dance "fights" in the film version of West Side Story. According to the Internet Accuracy Project, disc jockey–singer J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson was the first to coin the phrase "music video", in 1959. In his autobiography, Tony Bennett claims to have created "...the first music video" when he was filmed walking along the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London in 1956, with the resulting clip being set to his recording of the song "Stranger in Paradise".
The clip was sent to UK and US television stations and aired on shows including Dick Clark's American Bandstand. The oldest example of a promotional music video with similarities to more abstract, modern videos seems to be the Czech "Dáme si do bytu" created in 1958 and directed by Ladislav Rychman. In the late 1950s the Scopitone, a visual jukebox, was invented in France and short films were produced by many French artists, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, the Belgian Jacques Brel to accompany their songs, its use spread to other countries, similar machines such as the Cinebox in Italy and Color-Sonic in the USA were patented. In 1961, for the Canadian show Singalong Jubilee, Manny Pittson began pre-recording the music audio, went on-location and taped various visuals with the musicians lip-synching edited the audio and video together. Most music numbers were taped in-studio on stage, the location shoot "videos" were to add variety. In 1964, Kenneth Anger's experimental short film, Scorpio Rising used popular songs instead of dialog.
In 1964, The Moody Blues producer, Alex Murray, wanted to promote his version of "Go Now". The short film clip he produced and directed to promote the single has a striking visual style that predates Queen's similar "Bohemian Rhapsody" vid
Parlophone Records Limited is a German-British record label founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company as Parlophon. The British branch of the company was founded in 8 August 1923 as The Parlophone Company Limited, which developed a reputation in the 1920s as a jazz record label. On 5 October 1926, the Columbia Graphophone Company acquired Parlophone's business, name and release library, merged with the Gramophone Company on 31 March 1931 to become Electric & Musical Industries Limited. George Martin joined EMI in 1950 as assistant label manager, taking over as manager in 1955. Martin produced and released a mix of product, including comedy recordings of the Goons, pianist Mrs Mills, teen idol Adam Faith. In 1962, Martin signed the Beatles, at the time a struggling rock band from Liverpool. During the 1960s, when Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer, the Fourmost, the Hollies signed, Parlophone became one of the world's most famous labels. For several years, Parlophone claimed the best-selling UK single, "She Loves You", the best-selling UK album, Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, both by the Beatles. The label placed seven singles at No. 1 during 1964, when it claimed top spot on the UK Albums Chart for 40 weeks. Parlophone continued as a division of EMI until it was merged into the Gramophone Co. on 1 July 1965. On 1 July 1973, the Gramophone Co. was renamed EMI Records Limited. On 28 September 2012, regulators approved Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI on condition that its EMI Records group would be divested from the combined group. EMI Records Ltd. included Parlophone and other labels to be divested and were for a short time operated in a single entity known as the Parlophone Label Group, while UMG pended their sale. Warner Music Group acquired Parlophone and PLG in 7 February 2013, making Parlophone their third flagship label alongside Warner Bros. and Atlantic. PLG was renamed Parlophone Records Limited in May 2013. Parlophone is the oldest of WMG's "flagship" record labels. Parlophone was founded "Parlophon" by Carl Lindström Company in 1896.
The name Parlophon was used for gramophones. The label's ₤ trademark is a German L. On 8 August 1923, the British branch of "Parlophone" was established, led by artists and repertoire manager Oscar Preuss. In its early years, Parlophone established itself as a leading jazz label in Britain. In 1927, the Columbia Graphophone Company acquired a controlling interest in the Carl Lindström Company, including Parlophone. Parlophone became a subsidiary of Electric & Musical Industries, after Columbia Graphophone merged with the Gramophone Company in 1931. In 1950, Oscar Preuss hired record producer George Martin as his assistant; when Preuss retired in 1955, Martin succeeded him as Parlophone's manager. Parlophone specialized in classical music, cast recordings, regional British music. Musicians signed to the labels include the Vipers Skiffle Group. One of the label's successful acts was teen idol Adam Faith, signed to the label in 1959; the label gained significant popularity in 1962. Parlophone gained more attention after signing the Hollies, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 1960s.
Martin left to form Associated Independent Recording Studios in 1965. Parlophone became dormant in 1973 when most of EMI's heritage labels were phased out in favor of EMI. Parlophone was revived in 1980. During the next decades the label signed Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Radiohead, Guy Berryman, the Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn, Conor Maynard, Gabrielle Aplin, Gorillaz. On 23 April 2008, Miles Leonard was confirmed as the label's president. On 28 September 2012, regulators approved Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of Parlophone's parent group EMI for £1.2 billion, subject to conditions imposed by the European Commission requiring that UMG sell off a number of labels, including Parlophone itself, Ensign, Virgin Classics, EMI Classics, EMI's operations in Portugal, France, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic and Poland. These labels and catalogues were operated independently from Universal as Parlophone Label Group to prepare for a transaction early in 2013.
UMG received several offers for PLG, including those from Island founder Chris Blackwell, Simon Fuller, a Sony/BMG consortium, Warner Music Group, MacAndrews & Forbes. On 7 February 2013, it was confirmed that Warner Music Group would acquire Parlophone Label Group for US$765 million; the deal was approved in May 2013 by the European Union, which saw no concerns about the deal because of WMG's smaller reach compared to the merged UMG and Sony. Warner Music closed the deal on July 1. Parlophone Label Group was the old EMI Records company that included both the Parlophone and the eponymous EMI labels; the EMI name was retained by Universal. Soon after acquiring Parlophone, WMG signed an agreement with IMPALA and the Merlin Network to divest $200 million worth of artists to independent labels in order to help offset the consolidation triggered by the merger. In April 2016, the back catalog
LCD Soundsystem is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002 by musician James Murphy, co-founder of DFA Records. The band's current lineup consists of Murphy, Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney, Gavin Rayna Russom, Tyler Pope, Al Doyle, Matt Thornley, Korey Richey, they are signed to both DFA and Columbia Records. The band began by recording and releasing multiple singles from 2002 to 2004, the first being "Losing My Edge", one of their signature songs; this led up to the release of their self-titled debut studio album, released in 2005. It garnered critical acclaim as well as a Grammy Award nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album, their single "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House", which has become the band's most commercially successful single, received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. In the following year, LCD Soundsystem recorded and released "45:33", an forty-six minute-long composition, made as a "workout track" for Nike as part of their Nike+ Original Run series.
In 2007, the band released their second studio album, Sound of Silver, to critical acclaim and another Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Three years LCD Soundsystem released their third studio album, This Is Happening, which became their first top-ten album in the United States. In February 2011, a statement was posted on the band's website, it was to be made following a large farewell concert at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. The farewell concert is chronicled in the documentary film Shut Up and Play the Hits and was made available as a live album, titled The Long Goodbye, in April 2014. After a series of rumors hinting at a possible band reunion, LCD Soundsystem released the single "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" in December 2015, making it their first single in five years. LCD Soundsystem confirmed their reunion and announced an expanded tour, including appearances at several high-profile music festivals, as well as a new studio album. American Dream, their fourth album, was released in September 2017.
It went on to become their first number-one album in the United States. The album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and the single "Tonite" won for Best Dance Recording. James Murphy founded LCD Soundsystem during 2002 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, they began by releasing a string of singles under DFA Records, co-founded by Murphy. They gained attention with their first single, "Losing My Edge", which peaked at number 115 in the UK. Described as "an eight-minute, laugh-out-loud funny dissection of cool over a dirty electronic beat"; this was followed by the single "Give It Up", in the following year, "Yeah" and "Movement". The latter two peaked at number 52 in the UK, respectively. LCD Soundsystem released their eponymous debut studio album in January 2005 to critical acclaim. For the CD version, the first disc contains the album and the second contains a compilation of previous singles, they released the single "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" the following month, which became their first UK top 40 hit, peaking at number 29, as well as their most commercially successful single, charting in Australia and the Netherlands.
The band toured with M. I. A. following the release of the album. In June 2005, the band covered a Siouxsie and the Banshees song, "Slowdive" for the B-side of their single "Disco Infiltrator". In December 2005, the group received nominations for two Grammy awards, one for Best Electronic/Dance Album with their self-titled album and one for Best Dance Recording with "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House." Their self-titled debut was placed at number 94 of Amazon.com's "Top 100 Editor's Picks" of 2005. In October 2006, LCD Soundsystem released a composition entitled "45:33", as part of Nike's Original Run series, it was made available for download from iTunes. Despite its name, the track is 45 minutes and 58 seconds long—the title is a reference to vinyl speeds —and was claimed to "reward and push at good intervals of a run". However, it was revealed that this was not the case, but that Murphy wanted the opportunity to create a long piece of music, akin to E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching. LCD Soundsystem's second studio album, Sound of Silver, was released on March 20, 2007, to critical acclaim.
Praise included Mixmag awarding it the title Album of the Month, a 9.2 score from Pitchfork and a 5-star review from The Guardian. The album release was preceded by the single "North American Scum", released in February 2007. LCD Soundsystem's subsequent single "All My Friends" included covers of the song by Franz Ferdinand and former Velvet Underground member John Cale; the digital download "All My Friends" EP includes a cover of the early Joy Division song "No Love Lost". In September 2007, the A Bunch of Stuff EP was released and the band went on tour with Arcade Fire. Late in 2007, the band released "Someone Great" as the third single from Sound of Silver and re-released "45:33" on CD and vinyl through DFA Records. In December 2007, there was a release of a 12-inch record containing b-sides from European singles for the North American market entitled Confuse the Marketplace. In December 2007, the band received a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album with Sound of Silver; the album was named the best album of 2007 by publications such as The Guardian and Drowned in Sound.
The album was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, wh