Bella Union

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For other uses, see Bella Union (disambiguation). Bella Union_sentence_0

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FoundedBella Union_header_cell_0_1_0 1997; 23 years ago (1997)Bella Union_cell_0_1_1
FounderBella Union_header_cell_0_2_0 Simon Raymonde

Robin GuthrieBella Union_cell_0_2_1

Distributor(s)Bella Union_header_cell_0_3_0 PIASBella Union_cell_0_3_1
GenreBella Union_header_cell_0_4_0 Indie rock, alternative rock, folk, experimental, psychedelicBella Union_cell_0_4_1
Country of originBella Union_header_cell_0_5_0 United KingdomBella Union_cell_0_5_1
LocationBella Union_header_cell_0_6_0 Brighton, EnglandBella Union_cell_0_6_1
Official websiteBella Union_header_cell_0_7_0 Bella Union_cell_0_7_1

Bella Union is a British independent record label founded in 1997 by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Bella Union_sentence_1

It is now run solely by Raymonde. Bella Union_sentence_2

History Bella Union_section_0

After releasing records with 4AD for a large part of their career, Cocteau Twins decided to start up the Bella Union record label in 1997, through which they could release their own work as well as any collaborative efforts. Bella Union_sentence_3

The band split up not long after, but instead of letting the newly formed label go under, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde and their former manager Fiona Glyn-Jones decided to take charge of it. Bella Union_sentence_4

One of the earliest bands to sign on was the Australian trio Dirty Three, who continue to release under Bella Union. Bella Union_sentence_5

Other early signees include Françoiz Breut and The Czars. Bella Union_sentence_6

Since 2000, when Guthrie moved to France to concentrate on his own music, Raymonde took the reins at Bella Union. Bella Union_sentence_7

In 2007, the 10th anniversary celebrations saw Bella Union host two nights at the Royal Festival Hall, with special guests Paul Weller, Romeo and Tom from Editors. Bella Union_sentence_8

Fionn Regan was nominated for a Mercury Prize Best Album Of The Year. Bella Union_sentence_9

In 2008 and 2009, with signees Fleet Foxes successfully remaining in the chart for 100 weeks consecutively and having the biggest selling independent album of the year, the label achieved their first Platinum selling disc. Bella Union_sentence_10

The label has sold over a million Fleet Foxes albums to date. Bella Union_sentence_11

The label has subsequently released music by Father John Misty, Beach House, Department of Eagles, Karl Blau, Explosions in the Sky, Fleet Foxes, The Acorn, Mercury Rev, Peter Broderick, PINS, M. Bella Union_sentence_12 Ward, Philip Selway, John Grant, Lawrence Arabia, The Low Anthem, Hannah Cohen, Laura Veirs, The Flaming Lips, Lanterns on the Lake, Inventions, John Tavener, Marissa Nadler, Arc Iris, Clarence Clarity, and Jambinai. Bella Union_sentence_13

The label won the Independent Record Company Of The Year award at the Music Week Awards, as voted by the UK independent retailers, in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Bella Union_sentence_14

In 2012, for the 15th anniversary the label took over the curation of one day at End of the Road Festival. Bella Union_sentence_15

In 2014, signee John Grant was nominated for a BRIT Award. Bella Union_sentence_16

In 2015, Raymonde signed the Yorkshire-born singer Holly Macve, releasing the single "Corner of my Mind". Bella Union_sentence_17

In 2016, artist Father John Misty was also nominated for a BRIT Award. Bella Union_sentence_18

In 2016, following his sold out show at Royal Albert Hall, artist John Grant received a Silver disc for the album Pale Green Ghosts. Bella Union_sentence_19

The label's releases are distributed by the wholly independent distributors PIAS worldwide. Bella Union_sentence_20

Artists Bella Union_section_1

See also Bella Union_section_2

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