Parlophone is a British record label that is now part of the Warner Music Group.

Company History

Parlophone was a record label of the German Carl Lindström AG. Beginning of the 20th century began, the native Swede Lindstrom in Berlin with the manufacture of gramophones and records under the brand name Parlophon. Parlophon was the main brand of the company that expanded rapidly.

Later bought Lindström added other companies, including Odeon, which then was in Germany the main brand of the group. For foreign business was hung in France and the UK the name Parlophon an "e " to adapt it to the rules of the language. The trademark of Parlophone was the "£", which does not stand for the British pound, but on Lindström pointed (varies abroad Lindstrom ). This " £ " or partially "L" can be found on records of all brands from the house of Lindström again.

During the First World War, the transatlantic operating company moved its headquarters to the Netherlands. 1927 acquired the British company Columbia Graphophone Company, the Carl Lindstrom Company and hence Parlophon.

1931 Columbia merged with the Gramophone Company to then EMI. Parlophone was thus a sub-label of EMI. Within the EMI Group Parlophone published mainly audiobooks. This changed when the young A & R manager George Martin early 60s took the Liverpool band The Beatles under contract.

In 2013 Parlophone is taken for 487 million pounds ( 567 million euros ) of the Warner Music Group.

Orientation and artists

Since the cooperation with the Beatles Parlophone is, apart from a few exceptions such as the Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue or Conor Maynard, especially a label for rock music and has focused on British and Australian artists in the repertoire. The label has or had, inter alia, the following artists under contract:

  • Muse
  • Babyshambles
  • The Hollies
  • The Easybeats
  • Queen
  • The Church
  • The Divine Comedy
  • Blur
  • Jamelia
  • All Saints
  • Lily Allen
  • Siobhan Donaghy
  • Conor Maynard
  • Blink 182