Bella Union is a British independent record label founded in 1997 by
Simon Raymonde and
Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. It is now run
solely by Raymonde.
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After releasing records with
4AD for a large part of their career,
Cocteau Twins decided to start up the
Bella Union record label in
1997, through which they could release their own work as well as any
collaborative efforts. The band split up not long after, but instead
of letting the newly formed label go under,
Robin Guthrie and Simon
Raymonde decided to take charge of it. One of the earliest bands to
sign on was the Australian trio Dirty Three, who continue to release
under Bella Union. Other early signees include
Françoiz Breut and The
Since 2000, when Guthrie moved to France to concentrate on his own
music, Raymonde took the reins at Bella Union.
In 2007, the 10th anniversary celebrations saw
Bella Union host two
nights at the Royal Festival Hall, with special guests Paul Weller,
Romeo and Tom from Editors.
Fionn Regan was nominated for a Mercury
Prize Best Album Of The Year.
In 2008 and 2009, with signees
Fleet Foxes successfully remaining in
the chart for 100 weeks consecutively and having the biggest selling
independent album of the year, the label achieved
their first Platinum selling disc. The label has sold over a million
Fleet Foxes albums to date.[when?]
The label has subsequently released music by Beach House, Department
of Eagles, Karl Blau, Explosions in the Sky, Fleet Foxes, The Acorn,
Mercury Rev, J. Tillman, Peter Broderick, PINS, M. Ward, Philip
Selway, John Grant, Lawrence Arabia, The Low Anthem, Hannah Cohen,
Laura Veirs, The Flaming Lips, Lanterns on the Lake, Inventions, John
Tavener, Marissa Nadler, Arc Iris, Clarence Clarity, and Jambinai.
The label won the Independent Record Company Of The Year award at the
Music Week Awards, as voted by the UK independent retailers, in 2010,
2012, 2014 and 2016.
In 2012, for the 15th anniversary the label took over the curation of
one day at End of the Road Festival.
In 2014, signee John Grant was nominated for a BRIT Award. In 2015,
Raymonde signed the Yorkshire-born singer Holly Macve, releasing the
single "Corner of my Mind". In 2016, artist Father John Misty
was also nominated for a BRIT Award. In 2016, following his sold out
show at Royal Albert Hall, artist John Grant received a Silver disc
for the album Pale Green Ghosts.
The label are distributed by the wholly independent distributors PIAS
Arc Iris (band)
Art of Fighting
Chimes and Bells
Department of Eagles
Emmy the Great
Explosions in the Sky
Father John Misty
I Break Horses
The Kissaway Trail
Josh T. Pearson
Lanterns on the Lake
Lift to Experience
The Low Anthem
My Latest Novel
My Sad Captains
Our Broken Garden
Peter von Poehl
Promise & The Monster
The Trouble With Templeton
Van Dyke Parks
Treefight for Sunlight
Zun Zun Egui
List of record labels
^ "Previous winners".
Music Week Awards 2017. Retrieved July 23,
^ "Holly Macve speaks to Best Fit about her new single ahead of
^ "Welcome, Holly Macve - Bella Union".
^ 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14). "Chimes & Bells". Bella Union.
^ 19 January 2012 (2012-01-19). "Poor Moon". Bella Union. Retrieved