Motown Records is finally making its move in the UK with the launch of a new label led by Rob Pascoe.
Announced on Monday (14 September), Motown Records UK will have its own dedicated team and resources, and local artists will have a hunger to sign. The first executive appointments are managing director Pasko and marketing director Afria Henry-Fontaine, both Universal Music Group stalwarts, with more recruits to be announced in the coming weeks.
Recently appointed President Rebecca Allen, 20-year-old UMG veteran and former Billboard Woman in Music, has been honored by Ethiopia Habatorium, president of the new company Motown and EMI Records.
This is a move that has arguably been going on for more than a long time, given the rich label of success on the other side of the Atlantic on the other side of the iconic label, more than half a century old.
According to a statement, the UK business will serve as a dedicated home for the release of EMI Records “from the revitalized American operation of Motown with a new generation of British black music.”
“The team couldn’t be more perfect”, notes Hebtemariam, who emphasizes the new team will “expand the” platform for new entrepreneurship “in Britain and develop exciting new British talent, and even greater global success. Will be inspired for. ”
Motown celebrated its 60th anniversary last year with a parade of one-year events, activities and special releases. Through the years, Motown music was released on various UMG labels and on highly sought-after imports.
With the launch of Motown Records in the UK, Allen explains, “We are building an energetic and inspiring new roster, bringing the music of this culture-defining label and its artists to the widest possible audience.” . ”
The new label is used by Pasco, which has logged 18 years with Universal and worked as GM of Virgin EMI for the past two years. Following its promotion, Pascoe will continue in its broad ambassador role for EMI, with a focus on supporting the label’s US appearances, reads a corporate message.
Meanwhile, Henry-Fontaine is promoted from senior marketing manager to marketing director at UMG.
Founded by Berry Gordy in 1959 as Terry Records, Motown is much more than a brand. It is a cultural touchstone and is the engine for seemingly endless conveyor belts ranging from Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gay, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Jackson 5 and many other superstars.
Today, its roster includes Ne-Yo, Erykah Badu, Kem and London-based Tiana Major 9, which have new EPs at sixes and sevens The artist’s “ability to connect with the greats” was recently demonstrated by NME.