Chrysalis Records

Chrysalis Records is a British record label that was created in 1969. The name refers to a stage of a Verpuppungsphase a butterfly and was on the other as a portmanteau of name components of the two founding members Chris Wright and Terry Ellis.


Until 1980

Chrysalis was founded due to a license agreement with Chris Blackwells Iceland Records. This was based on the success of artists such as Jethro Tull and Procol Harum, which were promoted by the label. Jethro Tull signed a contract with Reprise Records in America, which helped to Chrysalis to conclude an agreement with the parent company of Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records. This was successful from 1972 to 1976; only Chrysalis became independent.

1979 wrote the label Chrysalis story as they brought the first music video on the UK market. The Eat to the Beat by Blondie album was recorded for each song of the LP a music video on a videotape as a counterpart.


In the 1980s, Chrysalis was the forerunner of the British New Romantic movement. Among other things, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet had been contracted. The 1980s were the most successful years for the label. Artists like Billy Idol and Pat Benatar, Blondie and Huey Lewis and the News were stadium -filling figureheads of the label. Chrysalis also promoted the label of Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, Animal Records, which was but a short time. In the spring of 1983 Daniel Glass Director of New Music Marketing was. He later became vice president of Chrysalis Records.

Since 1990

The label Chrysalis Records was sold to EMI in 1991. In 1994 the sub-label The Echo label was founded for the indie rock sector.

Chrysalis is now only responsible for the sales of the plates by Robbie Williams, while artists such as Starsailor were assigned to the EMI publishing. 2013 Chrysalis was sold to Warner Music Group.