BMG has announced it has acquired the recording assets of the New York-based independent label The End Records.
The End Records specializes in rock, metal, indie and electronic music. Established in 1998 in Pasadena, California, The End Records has grown under the charge of CEO Andreas Katsambas to represent world-renowned and platinum-selling artists including BETTER THAN EZRA, BILLY TALENT, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, EVERCLEAR, HIM, HINDER, PETULA CLARK, TERRORIZER, THE ZOMBIES, AMERICAN SHARKS and TRAPT. As part of the deal, BMG is acquiring the label’s entire catalogue, as well as its rights to future recordings. Upcoming releases on the label include BILLY TALENT's fifth studio album, "Afraid Of Heights"; BILLY TALENT is opening for GUNS N' ROSES next month (July).
The move follows BMG's acquisition of other established labels during the past two years such as S-Curve Records, Vagrant Records and Rise Records, as BMG continues to ramp up its recording business.
Despite the acquisition of its recorded assets, The End Records will continue relationships with artists while retaining its own offices and staff.
Katsambas commented: "I have been very impressed with BMG and its amazing team. It is clear we share the same vision for artists and label partners. This is the start of a great relationship."
BMG U.S. president, creative and marketing, Laurent Hubert said: "BMG continues to invest in the future of music and build our presence in recordings. Andreas Katsambas has built a strong catalogue at The End Records and we look forward to working with its clients."