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Old 04-27-2012, 03:13 PM
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RoadRunner Records Records to close UK and Canada offices and CEO steps down‎

Roadrunner Records is to close its UK and Canada offices, and is making huge cuts across its worldwide operation.

The label, home to artists such as Atreyu, Juliette Lewis, Korn, Murderdolls and Nickelback, will close UK offices in the next few weeks, with the label's Canada and Germany offices to suffer a similar fate.

This latest news comes as another huge blow to the rock music industry, following the loss of Sonisphere festival from this year's summer circuit.

The record label is said to be hoping to continue in a smaller form, but at inevitable great impact to the many artists on their current roster.

Roadrunner Records, which has been in operation since 1980, is a division of Warner Music and has long pioneered rock music and breaking new metal bands, including early releases from Metallica.

Also, In a changing of the guard at Roadrunner Records, founder/CEO Cees Wessels is leaving the label 17 months after the completion of its sale to the Warner Music Group. Concurrent with his departure, approximately 36 staffers worldwide were let go today (April 26), sources tell Billboard.biz. The exact number was unclear at press time.

Concurrent with his departure, the label is being realigned so that it will utilize the Warner Music Group for back-office and other support capabilities while retaining frontline label functions like A&R, marketing, promotion and publicity.

In the U.S., Roadrunner will continue to operate as a standalone frontline label, although 16 staffers in the States are losing their jobs.

Internationally, Roadrunner's staff will continue to carry out some label functions, such as marketing, promo and publicity. Other responsibilities, principally support functions, will be carried out by Warner Music teams, which means that 20 staffers will lose their jobs.

Roadrunner, which continues to be a strong brand in rock music, will continue to have personnel in every territory it does currently, with the exception of the Netherlands office, which is being shuttered. Wessels founded the label in the Netherlands in 1980.

Longtime label President Jonas Nachsin, who has served in that role since 1999, will remain on staff.

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http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/indus...06893352.story

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/...a_offices.html
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:16 PM
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Very shitty but I did see this coming a mile away when Warner Brothers bought Roadrunner. Buy a smaller business then yours, let it carry on for a bit then boom, liquidize all you need.

Not much will change from this honestly besides some good people losing their jobs. The strongest bands will survive.

And to anyone who says this is about illegal downloading, as a man who is not in favor of Piracy, I know that's not what caused this at all.
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The label, home to artists such as Atreyu, Juliette Lewis, Korn, Murderdolls and Nickelback,
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:56 PM
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^ In a sense, that's what helped Roadrunner downsize!
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:41 PM
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Maybe this was part of the reason Devildriver decided to find a new label. They might have seen what was going on
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:30 AM
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Roadrunner was a great label years ago, releasing now classic albums by King Diamond, Obituary, Sepultura, Pestilence, and many more. But I can't say I really care about this, as their current roster is pathetic. I do feel bad for the people who lost their jobs though.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:56 AM
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Yeah, that awful, awful roster which includes Dream Theater, Megadeth, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Opeth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rob Zombie... total crap

Nevertheless, I've felt Roadrunner have been a detriment to metal music for some time now, and I'm not sad to see them go at all.

And on a slightly unrelated point, what an appallingly written article. Is that seriously all it takes to be a writer at Billboard?
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Yeah, that awful, awful roster which includes Dream Theater, Megadeth, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Opeth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rob Zombie... total crap
Not to mention Rush!
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first post is not the linked billboard article

and roadrunner isnt going anywhere
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:12 AM
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Not to mention Rush!
I try not to
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