Because Music

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Because Music SAS
Parent companyBecause Group
Founded2005; 19 years ago (2005)
FounderEmmanuel de Buretel
Distributor(s)Virgin Music[1]
Country of originFrance

Because Music is an independent record label with headquarters in Paris and London.[2] Because Music SAS is the main label, with Because Music Ltd handling the British artist roster.[3]

Because Music was founded in 2005 by former president of Virgin Records France and EMI Continental Europe Emmanuel de Buretel, and has acts on its roster such as Mercury Music Prize nominated Metronomy and electronic duo Justice, along with actress and songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg and husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam.[4]

It holds an exclusive license for all artists on Ed Banger Records and Phantasy.[5] Because Music is the distributor for select Atlantic Records subsidiaries like Big Beat and 300 Entertainment.

In 2017, Because acquired the catalogues of over 60 artists from Warner Music Group, including Mano Negra, The Beta Band,[6] and most of London Records.[7]

In January 2018, Because signed a deal with Caroline Distribution (now Virgin Music) (a Universal Music division) for distribution of Because's releases starting in 2019. Before, the distribution was held by Warner Music's Alternative Distribution Alliance and Vice Records.

In July 2023, Because issued a DMCA takedown notice against the open-source YouTube player NewPipe, temporarily resulting in their host website being removed from Google Search results.[8] The DMCA notice would later be rescinded with no further comment, and the website's search status was restored.

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  1. ^ "Because signs with Caroline International for global distribution".
  2. ^ "Because Music - Contact us". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  3. ^ "Because Music UK - About us". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  4. ^ "Because Music". Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  5. ^ "Shop | Vinyl, CDs, Records, T-shirts, Art and Merchandise – Phantasy Sound". Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  6. ^ "Because buys Beta Band catalogue, other deals imminent as Warner divestment deadline day looms".
  7. ^ "Because officially acquires London Records catalogue - Music Business Worldwide". 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ " removed from Google search results due to DMCA take down request". 7 July 2023.
  9. ^ "Artists Archive - Because Music". Because Music. Archived from the original on 23 July 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2019.

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