Atlantic Records UK

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Atlantic Records UK
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded2004 (2004)
FounderMax Lousada
Country of originUnited Kingdom

Atlantic Records UK is a British record label used as copyright-holder for UK releases on the Atlantic label.[1] It was founded in June 2004 when Warner Music Group bought East West Records from Time Warner and rebranded its UK operation.[2] The first Chairman was Max Lousada, previously Head of A&R at Mushroom Records UK[3] and, as of June 2019, Chairman and CEO Warner Music UK.[4] In 2011 Atlantic Records UK was named Label of the Year at the Music Week Awards.[5] In the same year The Guardian put Lousada joint 20th in its "Music Power 100" list of influential figures in the UK music industry. He shared his place with John Reid and Christian Tattersfield, both from Warner.[6] In October 2011, the7stars advertising agency announced it had won a pitch to handle Atlantic Records UK's £2 million media planning and buying account, taking over from ZenithOptimendia.[7] In 2014, Ben Cook was appointed President, Atlantic Records UK, reporting to Lousada.[8][9] In 2019, the label was reconfigured around A&R, Promotions, Marketing, Publicity, Creative and Audience.[10][11]

By 2010, their artists included Flo Rida, Jay-Z, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Missy Elliott and Plan B[12] and by 2014 the list included Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Rudimental, Marina and the Diamonds, Rumer, Twenty One Pilots, Lykke Li, Santigold and Clean Bandit.[13] Current and older releases are listed on Discogs.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Atlantic Records UK Label : Releases : Discogs". Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ Rushe, Dominic (27 June 2004). "Classic label is reborn - in the heart of Darkness". Sunday Times.
  3. ^ "Warner Music Group announces departure of CEO of Warner Music UK". Datamonitor. 4 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Max Lousada". Companies House.
  5. ^ "Music Week award winners". Music Week. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  6. ^ Guardian Unlimited (26 May 2011). "Guardian Unlimited: The Music Power 100: the logic behind the list". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Maden, Sophie (20 October 2011). "The7stars scoops Atlantic media job". BrandRepublic. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  8. ^ Ingham, Tim (3 April 2014). "Ben Cook named Atlantic Records UK boss". Music Week. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  9. ^ Smirke, Richard (3 April 2014). "Ben Cook Named President of Atlantic UK". Billboard. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  10. ^ Aswad, Jem (12 March 2019). "Atlantic Records U.K. Overhauls Label Structure". Variety. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Atlantic U.K. steps into the 21st century". Hits Daily Double. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  12. ^ Lyons, Bev (2 December 2010). "Christmas rapping - the Razz". Daily Record.
  13. ^ "Atlantic Records". Warner Music Careers. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

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