Manhattan Records

Manhattan Records

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Manhattan Records

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Manhattan Records is a United States record label, owned by EMI and operates as a subsidiary of The Blue Note Label Group.

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Manhattan Records was formed in 1984 by Bruce Lundvall, and was later renamed EMI Manhattan Records after absorbing EMI America Records imprint. In addition to being a fully functional label in its own right, EMI Manhattan was also used to reissue back catalogue titles from Capitol Records, as well as other EMI imprints, such as United Artists Records and Liberty Records.

The primary artist released on EMI Manhattan Records was Kenny Rogers. His hugely successful United Artists Records and Liberty albums, including "The Gambler" and "We've Got Tonight" were reissued on CD via EMI Manhattan. The label was also used to reissue singles (at that time, issued on vinyl 45s). Again, the main artist was Rogers. His biggest hits, including "The Gambler," "Lucille," and "Lady" were reissued on singles in the 1980s.

Notable artists signed to EMI Manhattan Records included: Richard Marx, Queensrÿche, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robbie Nevil, Anoushka Shankar, Baltimora, and Thomas Dolby. Pet Shop Boys were also distributed in North America on the label, being signed and distributed in the UK by Parlophone. In 1992, EMI Manhattan was dismantled and absorbed into Capitol Records with the catalog bearing the EMI label.

In 2001, the Manhattan label was relaunched (sans the “EMI” prefix) as a division of...
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