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Because Music UK & London Records appoint Managing Directors to strengthen senior teams

Rhian Emanuel promoted to MD, Because Music UK. Laura Kelly appointed to MD, London Records. Ed Pearson named SVP Marketing, Dance & Electronic, Because Music UK. Junior Foster joins London Records as Digital Marketing & Strategy Manager.

London, 3rd May 2023

The UK office of independent record company Because Music and London Records have both made senior appointments, including new Managing Directors, to continue driving growth across their respective rosters.

Rhian Emanuel has been promoted from Marketing Director to Managing Director, Because Music UK. Her new position will see her head up all activities carried out by the London office, a team that has doubled in size over the last two years.

Reporting to Because Music’s founder and CEO Emmanuel de Buretel, Rhian’s appointment follows sustained UK growth and her own noteworthy career development. In her new position she will strengthen UK operations, harnessing the creativity and expertise of the UK team to expand the roster and optimise the label’s back catalogue. Since joining in 2016, she has spearheaded campaigns for Christine and the Queens, Metronomy and Shygirl among others.

Laura Kelly has been promoted from General Manager to Managing Director at London Records, which was acquired by Because in 2017. Having expanded the team significantly in three years, her new role will continue to oversee the label’s catalogue operations, as well as ramp up its new releases programme. Kelly will also report to Emmanuel de Buretel.

Joining in 2018, after Because acquired the London Records catalogue, Kelly was instrumental in setting up the label’s frontline imprint Because London Records – home to singer-songwriter and producer Alewya, and recently signed DJ/producer The Busy Twist, with more new artists to be announced soon. London Records also released Orbital’s 2023 new studio album ‘Optical Delusion’, which charted at number six in the UK.

London Records will continue to release high-end reissues, with recent catalogue projects including UK Top 20 albums from Sugababes, Orbital, and Shakespears Sister. Additional 2023 reissues are planned for Bananarama (marking the group’s 40th Anniversary), Goldie and Brand New Heavies, with the label set to make further catalogue acquisitions in the coming months.

Other key appointments include Ed Pearson who has been promoted from Marketing Director to SVP Marketing, Dance & Electronic at Because Music UK. In his new role, Pearson will be charged with powering up the marketing team and function at the UK label, focusing on the development and growth of the current and future dance and electronic signings.

Since joining in 2017, Pearson has been predominantly involved in Because Music’s electronic and dance roster, working with Major Lazer, Diplo, Logic1000, Aluna, Justice, as well as Ed Banger Records. He has previously held roles at Believe, Ministry Of Sound and PIAS.

Junior Foster also joins London Records as Digital Marketing & Strategy Manager to oversee the label’s digital strategy. Joining from five years at Deezer leading its Global Artist Relations teams, Foster brings over 20 years of experience in music and film industries. He has previously held marketing roles at Sony Music, as well as Paramount Pictures and Disney. Foster also co-founded music creative marketing agency, Army Of Few.

Rhian Emanuel, Managing Director at Because Music UK, said: “I am pleased to be leading a highly talented team into a new era of Because UK. We have an exceptional roster of artists, some of whom have been on the label for 10+ years who are producing their most exciting work to date, plus a line-up of some of the most innovative and ambitious developing artists in the world.  I am looking forward to strengthening UK operations to create a collaborative and inspiring environment in which our artists can thrive.”

Laura Kelly, Managing Director at London Records, commented: “I’m delighted to lead this new era of London Records as we go from strength to strength and fulfil our vision to return to the forefront of UK music. Junior joining the team is representative of the ambition to grow our front line operations and continue to produce in-depth, lovingly curated campaigns across our brilliant catalogue. He brings his expertise in digital strategy plus passion and enthusiasm to a very busy time at the label with lots of new signings in the pipeline.”

Emmanuel de Buretel, founder and CEO at Because Music, added: “I’m very pleased to have Rhian & Laura take the lead at Because UK & London Records respectively.  I’m confident with their expertise and energy they will drive the companies forward delivering for our artists creatively and commercially.

“Today, Because Music defines itself as an integrated framework for artistic creation that takes an independent approach to provide turnkey solutions for conception and promotion, from artist content production through to the new global distribution model launched in 2018, which interfaces seamlessly with digital platforms.”

About Because Music

The Because Group was established in 2004 by Emmanuel de Buretel and Eric Bielsa with offices in London, Paris and Los Angeles and is active in music production, music publishing, touring, venues and festivals.

It is one of the leading independent music groups in the UK & Europe with recording artists such as Christine and the Queens, Parcels, Metronomy, Shygirl, Jeshi, Logic1000, Aluna, Major Lazer, Django Django, Manu Chao, Camille, Stardust, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Amadou & Mariam amongst others. The label also has a partnership with Ed Banger, the Parisian electronic music label that discovered artists such as Justice, Sebastian, Breakbot and Myd.

In 2021, Because entered into an exclusive partnership with David and Stephen Dewaele – aka Soulwax/2ManyDJs – to create a joint venture for the next phase of their Belgium label Deewee. Because also represents Daft Punk across the world as their business manager for all their recording and merchandising activities.

Because Editions, Because’s publishing company, represents the catalogues of Daft Punk, Christine and the Queens, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ed Banger (Justice, Sebastian, Breakbot), London Grammar and Metronomy amongst others.

Recent signings include the likes of yunè pinku, Greentea Peng, COBRAH and Alewya, as well as writers such as multi-platinum selling writer/producer Nastylgia (Central Cee, Headie One, Aitch).

About London Records

In 2017, Because acquired the London Records catalogue including artists such as Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Fine Young Cannibals, Orbital, Sugababes, Bronski Beat, Brand New Heavies and Goldie.

Since the acquisition the team has been delving into the rich back catalogue of artists and producing high end reissues and new remixes of classic tracks. Highlights include campaigns for Sugbabes’ ‘One Touch’, Orbital’s ’30-Something’, Shakespears Sister’s ‘Hormonally Yours’ and Goldie’s ‘Timeless.’ The label has also put out frontline releases by Orbital, Shakespears Sister and Blancmange.

In 2020, the team launched new frontline label ‘Because London Records’. The first signing to the new label was Alewya, a singer/songwriter, producer and visual artist from London who released her debut EP ‘Panther in Mode’ to critical acclaim and headlined BBC Introducing at Glastonbury. The label will be announcing more exciting new signings in the coming months.

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