Chrysalis Records

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Chrysalis Records
Parent company Blue Raincoat Music (since 2016)
Active years since 1969
founder Chris Wright , Terry Ellis
Seat London
distribution Kobalt Music Group
Genre (s) Various

Chrysalis Records Ltd. is a British music label that was founded in 1969. On the one hand, the name denotes a stage in the pupation phase of a butterfly and, on the other hand, it was created as an artificial word from the name components of the two founding members Chris Wright and Terry Ellis .


Until 1980

Chrysalis was founded on the basis of a licensing agreement with Chris Blackwells Island Records . This was based on the success of artists like Jethro Tull and Procol Harum , who were promoted by the label. Jethro Tull signed a deal with Reprise Records in America which helped Chrysalis sign an agreement with Reprise Records' parent company Warner Bros. Records . This existed successfully from 1972 to 1976; only then did Chrysalis become independent.

In 1979 the Chrysalis label made history when the first music video was launched on the UK market. The album Eat to the Beat of Blondie had for each recorded song of the LP a music video on a videotape as a counterpart.


In the 1980s, Chrysalis pioneered the British New Romantic movement. Among other things, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet were signed. The 1980s were the most successful years for the label. Artists like Billy Idol and Pat Benatar , Blondie and Huey Lewis & the News were stadium-filling figureheads of the label. Chrysalis also promoted the label of Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, Animal Records , which only existed for a short time. In the spring of 1983 Daniel Glass became director of the New Music Marketing department . He later became the vice president of Chrysalis Records.

Since 1990

The Chrysalis Records label was sold to EMI in 1991 . In 1994 the sub-label The Echo Label was founded for the indie rock sector.

Chrysalis is now only responsible for the sales of Robbie Williams' records , while artists like Starsailor were assigned to EMI-Verlag. In 2013, the original British label Chrysalis was sold to Warner Music Group , while the US catalog remained with Universal Music. In May 2016, Blue Raincoat Music bought Chrysalis Records Ltd. and the corresponding artist catalog of the Warner Music Group. Blue Raincoat founders Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar asked Robert Devereux and Chris Wright to join the Chrysalis leadership team. Wright, who founded the company in 1969, is back at Chrysalis. Chris Wright is not the chairman of Chrysalis Records Ltd. Since taking over Warner Music Group, Chrysalis has also acquired the catalogs of Suzi Quatro, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Athlete (band) and Fun Lovin 'Criminals.


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