A&M Octone Records

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A&M Octone Records
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Parent company Interscope-Geffen-A&M
Founded 2000; 18 years ago (2000) (Octone Records)
2007; 11 years ago (2007) (relaunched as A&M/Octone)
Founder James Diener
David Boxenbaum
Ben Berkman
Defunct 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Status Defunct (Acquired by Interscope Geffen A&M)[1]
Distributor(s) Interscope-Geffen-A&M (in the US)
Universal Music Group (international)[2]
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York, US

A&M Octone Records (formally known as OctoScope Music LLC) was an American record label. It was a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Octone Records.

The label represented a merger of Interscope-Geffen-A&M's A&M Records defunct label with Octone Records. A full-service artist development label, A&M/Octone operated music publishing, merchandising and touring entities – in addition to specializing in recorded music.

After six successful years of operation, in September 2013, Octone initiated its buy/sell rights in the joint venture, resulting in Interscope-Geffen-A&M purchasing Octone Records' 50% interest in A&M/Octone, absorbing and restructuring the artist roster into Interscope operations in 2014 as announced.[1]

Overview

History

Launched in 2000, Octone Records was founded by CEO/President James Diener and distributed through Sony BMG. After successful signing, release, marketing and promotion on Octone, artists were given the option of upstreaming to RCA Music Group, via a joint-venture between the two companies. Upon launch, Diener and Octone Records were also well known in the music industry for their entrepreneurial private-equity financing model.[3]

In February 2007, Interscope-Geffen-A&M partnered with Octone Records to relaunch the A&M label, headed by James Diener and called A&M/Octone Records with worldwide distribution handled by parent Universal Music Group. The existing Octone roster was transferred to the A&M/Octone label and all new artist signings were made under the A&M/Octone joint venture.[4]

The legal name of the A&M/Octone label was "OctoScope Music, LLC" (d.b.a. A&M/Octone Records), the name derives from the merger of the labels Octone and Interscope. OctoScope Music, LLC was the copyright holder on all A&M/Octone releases. A&M/Octone Records operated from 2007 until 2014.

Executive staff

  • James Diener, CEO/President
  • David Boxenbaum, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
  • Ben Berkman, EVP/Head of Promotion
  • Rome Thomas, Senior Vice President Sales & Artist Development
  • Nina Webb, Head Of Marketing
  • Roi Hernandez, Head of Creative Services & Electronic A&R
  • Yu-Ting Lin, Vice President A&R Admin & Label Operations

Former Recording artists

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Interscope Geffen A&M Acquires Remaining Share of A&M/Octone Records". Billboard. 
  2. ^ "Labels - Universal Music". universalmusic.com. 
  3. ^ Nancy, Hass (April 16, 2007). "Sounds Like Money". Portfolio. Archived from the original on 18 March 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Todd, Martens (February 20, 2007). "Interscope Geffen A&M Shifting To Octone". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Flyleaf's Kristen May: Ready to Begin (Again)". newreleasetuesday.com. 

External links

  • A&M/Octone Records official website

(site no longer active)

  • Octone Records Harvard Business School case study
  • June 2009 Los Angeles Times interview
  • January 2010 CNN/Money video profile
  • March 2010 NY Enterprise Report cover story
  • September 2010 Wall Street Journal "Walkabout NY" Interview
  • A&M/Octone Records - Harvard Business School Case Study Part II
  • November 2010 Fast Company on A&M/Octone Records, K'Naan & Coca Cola
  • January 2011 MIDEM Convention panel in Cannes, Frances w/James Diener discussing K'Naan/Coca Cola World Cup campaign & A&M/Octone artist development
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