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The Record Store - Asylum Records
The Record Store - Asylum Records
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: Kristin LaVanway
Thief Chapter 5 The Forsaken - Search For the Asylum Records Walkthrough part 12
Thief Chapter 5 The Forsaken - Search For the Asylum Records Walkthrough part 12
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Media Pool
"SEARCH ASYLUM RECORDS" Thief 4 #24
"SEARCH ASYLUM RECORDS" Thief 4 #24
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: Game On Freddy
Maximal - From The Past (Original Mix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Maximal - From The Past (Original Mix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: Sounds For GoosePumps
ASYLUM - PSALMS OF PARALYSIS (FULL ALBUM STREAM 2017) [METAL RISING RECORDS]
ASYLUM - PSALMS OF PARALYSIS (FULL ALBUM STREAM 2017) [METAL RISING RECORDS]
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: BrutalFullAlbumsHD
Daniel Skyver - Meltdown (Original Mix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Daniel Skyver - Meltdown (Original Mix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: Sounds For GoosePumps
Energetic Uplifting Ableton Project (Mental Asylum Records Style)
Energetic Uplifting Ableton Project (Mental Asylum Records Style)
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: nextproducers
Hip Hop News: Asylum records new media consultantSeneca "The Beast" interview
Hip Hop News: Asylum records new media consultantSeneca "The Beast" interview
Published: 2008/10/12
Channel: Spate Magazine Hip Hop News
The Cherokee Orphan Asylum and Related Genealogy Records
The Cherokee Orphan Asylum and Related Genealogy Records
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: Cherokee Nation
GWAR invades Asylum Records on Record Store Day Mesa Arizona 4/18/15
GWAR invades Asylum Records on Record Store Day Mesa Arizona 4/18/15
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: muddieddesire
Joni Mitchell - Barangrill (lp
Joni Mitchell - Barangrill (lp 'For The Roses' Asylum Records 1972)
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: Toby Walker
Brian Cid - Asylum (Original Mix) [Extinct Records]
Brian Cid - Asylum (Original Mix) [Extinct Records]
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: Underground24
Indecent Noise - Phobia (Bryan Kearney Remix) [Mental Asylum Records] [HD]
Indecent Noise - Phobia (Bryan Kearney Remix) [Mental Asylum Records] [HD]
Published: 2012/06/16
Channel: UkTuniTranceTeam
Lostly - Trans Karoo [Mental Asylum Records]
Lostly - Trans Karoo [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2018/05/29
Channel: Beat Lounge
Lawler & Cobb (excerpts Asylum Records album Men From Nowhere 1981
Lawler & Cobb (excerpts Asylum Records album Men From Nowhere 1981
Published: 2017/08/31
Channel: Johnny Cobb
Eddie Bitar feat. Gabriela Canales - Home (Arctic Moon Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Eddie Bitar feat. Gabriela Canales - Home (Arctic Moon Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2018/02/09
Channel: Sounds For GoosePumps
Scottish Indexes Tutorial #003 Scottish Asylum Records
Scottish Indexes Tutorial #003 Scottish Asylum Records
Published: 2018/02/03
Channel: Scottish Indexes
Timless project presents: "Hejira" (Joni Mitchell - Asylum Records - 1976)
Timless project presents: "Hejira" (Joni Mitchell - Asylum Records - 1976)
Published: 2018/04/24
Channel: Timeless Project
Bulacan allstar deadly asylum records ft Boy Kamot records (BFPRO)
Bulacan allstar deadly asylum records ft Boy Kamot records (BFPRO)
Published: 2014/02/10
Channel: Jherzie Bfpro
Webinar: Asylum records in NSW
Webinar: Asylum records in NSW
Published: 2018/06/14
Channel: NSW State Archives
Asylum Records Presents - 2012 Mash Up
Asylum Records Presents - 2012 Mash Up
Published: 2012/07/30
Channel: RecordsAsylum
Gacy Bones - BEEF - (Official Video) INSANE ASYLUM RECORDS
Gacy Bones - BEEF - (Official Video) INSANE ASYLUM RECORDS
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Etab industries MUSIC. Etab indystries VIDEO'S.
Hip Hop News: A&R Eric Beasley of Asylum Records/Kaze and Holly "Hi Def" Daniels on SPATE Radio
Hip Hop News: A&R Eric Beasley of Asylum Records/Kaze and Holly "Hi Def" Daniels on SPATE Radio
Published: 2009/12/03
Channel: Spate Magazine Hip Hop News
Jamie Drummond - Joyride [Mental Asylum Records]
Jamie Drummond - Joyride [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: UkTuniTranceTeam
Gacy Bones - Mic & a Remedy (Official Video) INSANE ASYLUM RECORDS
Gacy Bones - Mic & a Remedy (Official Video) INSANE ASYLUM RECORDS
Published: 2016/12/29
Channel: Etab industries MUSIC. Etab indystries VIDEO'S.
North & Sanchez vs. Jonathan Carvajal - Oblivion (Uplifting Mix) [Mental Asylum Records]
North & Sanchez vs. Jonathan Carvajal - Oblivion (Uplifting Mix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2016/08/21
Channel: Sounds For GoosePumps
Bowdidge & Taylor - Power Cut (Estigma Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Bowdidge & Taylor - Power Cut (Estigma Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2012/07/15
Channel: UkTuniTranceTeam
Matt Bowdidge - Still By Your Side (Mike Sanders Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Matt Bowdidge - Still By Your Side (Mike Sanders Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2018/05/04
Channel: Sounds For GoosePumps
Indecent Noise - Dolores (Andy Cains Emotional Uplift) [Mental Asylum Records]
Indecent Noise - Dolores (Andy Cains Emotional Uplift) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: Sounds For GoosePumps
Bowdidge & Taylor - Power Cut (Indecent Noise Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Bowdidge & Taylor - Power Cut (Indecent Noise Remix) [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2012/09/10
Channel: ASELTRANCE
Metallica - Trapped Under Ice (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - Trapped Under Ice (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/06/23
Channel: metaldeth21
SICK FREESTYLE JM OF YOUNGPROBLEMZ/ASYLUM RECORDS AND GMC
SICK FREESTYLE JM OF YOUNGPROBLEMZ/ASYLUM RECORDS AND GMC
Published: 2010/07/17
Channel: MrGetmoneytv
Deadly Asylum Records Ft Boy Kamot Records BFPRO
Deadly Asylum Records Ft Boy Kamot Records BFPRO
Published: 2014/02/09
Channel: Jherzie Bfpro
Peter Plaznik - Operator Bandit [Mental Asylum Records]
Peter Plaznik - Operator Bandit [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2012/06/03
Channel: UkTuniTranceTeam
Joni Mitchell - Trouble Child (lp
Joni Mitchell - Trouble Child (lp 'Court & Spark' Asylum Records 1974)
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: Toby Walker
Metallica - Blitzkrieg (BONUS TRACK) (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - Blitzkrieg (BONUS TRACK) (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/05/24
Channel: metaldeth21
Asylum
Asylum
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: Disturbed - Topic
Metallica - Phantom Lord (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - Phantom Lord (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/05/24
Channel: metaldeth21
Motion with Eric Beasley @ Asylum Records
Motion with Eric Beasley @ Asylum Records
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: IamMotion lotboyz
JIVE ,SHADY & ASYLUM RECORDS A&R
JIVE ,SHADY & ASYLUM RECORDS A&R's SUPPORT THE EMPIRE STATE
Published: 2010/12/27
Channel: ChryslerRecordsVEVO
Asylum - Mu En
Asylum - Mu En
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: arkham1789
Vinyl Asylum Records & Memorabilia Hollywood Perfect Five Star Review by bheng b.
Vinyl Asylum Records & Memorabilia Hollywood Perfect Five Star Review by bheng b.
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Reputation Marketing Solutions
Metallica - Fight Fire With Fire (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - Fight Fire With Fire (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/06/23
Channel: metaldeth21
2014 Allstar Deadly Asylum Ft Boy Kamot Records (BFPRO)
2014 Allstar Deadly Asylum Ft Boy Kamot Records (BFPRO)
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: Jherzie Bfpro
Metallica - No Remorse (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - No Remorse (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/05/24
Channel: metaldeth21
Metallica - Hit The Lights (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - Hit The Lights (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/05/24
Channel: metaldeth21
Pierre Pienaar - Siren [Mental Asylum White 003] OUT NOW!
Pierre Pienaar - Siren [Mental Asylum White 003] OUT NOW!
Published: 2018/04/02
Channel: MentalAsylumRecords
Metallica - The Four Horsemen (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Metallica - The Four Horsemen (ELEKTRA / ASYLUM RECORDS)
Published: 2009/05/24
Channel: metaldeth21
Bryan Kearney & Indecent Noise - Uncommon World [Mental Asylum Records]
Bryan Kearney & Indecent Noise - Uncommon World [Mental Asylum Records]
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: UkTuniTranceTeam
WARRANT - "Asylum" - Lyric Video (PURE STEEL RECORDS)
WARRANT - "Asylum" - Lyric Video (PURE STEEL RECORDS)
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: Pure Steel Records
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Asylum Records
Asylum Records logo 2017.jpg
Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded 1971
Founder
Distributor(s)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Official website www.asylumrecords.com

Asylum Records is an American major record label, founded in 1971 by David Geffen and partner Elliot Roberts. It was taken over by Warner Communications (now the Warner Music Group) in 1972, and later merged with Elektra Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records.

After various incarnations, it is currently geared primarily towards hip-hop, along with rock and alternative metal. It is owned by Warner Music Group, and is currently distributed through Alternative Distribution Alliance.

Company history[edit]

Formation[edit]

Original logo
Asylum logo in the UK and on period reissues from Rhino

Asylum was founded in 1971 by David Geffen, and partner Elliot Roberts, both of whom had previously worked as agents at the William Morris Agency, and operated a folk/rock label. They had also previously founded their own management company. While unsuccessfully pitching a recording contract for their client Jackson Browne to Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun, Geffen said, "You'll make a lot of money." Ertegun replied, "You know what, David, I have a lot of money. Why don't you start a record company and then you'll have a lot of money." A deal was then struck in which Ertegun would put up the initial funds, Atlantic Records would distribute Asylum Records, and the profits would be split 50/50.[1]

Although they knew they would sign Browne, the first act that Geffen asked to join the label was his close friend Laura Nyro, whose career he was managing at the time.[2][3] Nyro initially agreed, but without Geffen's knowledge she changed her mind and re-signed with Columbia Records.[2][3] Geffen said it was the biggest betrayal of his life up to that point and that he "cried for days".[3][4][5]

Asylum's early releases were distributed by Atlantic Records. The same year, Asylum signed Linda Ronstadt, John David Souther, Judee Sill, Joni Mitchell and Glenn Frey (whom Geffen encouraged to form the Eagles, with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner). In 1972, then folk-based singer/songwriter Tom Waits signed with the label, releasing his debut, Closing Time, in 1973. His seventh and final album for the label, Heartattack and Vine, was released in 1980. Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty signed with the label in 1974. The biggest coup for Asylum was signing Bob Dylan, who had been with Columbia Records since the early 1960s but who, after a falling-out with the company, was shopping around for a new label. Dylan recorded two albums, Planet Waves and the live Before the Flood, for Asylum before returning to Columbia. Columbia reissued Dylan's two Asylum albums in 1981.

Merger with Elektra Records[edit]

Asylum was taken over by Warner Communications in 1973,[6] and merged with Elektra Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records. David Geffen and Elliot Roberts each received $2 million in cash and $5 million in Warner Communications stock, thereby becoming two of the company's largest shareholders. Geffen served as president and chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records until 1975, when he crossed over to film and was named vice-chairman of Warner Bros. One of Asylum's most prominent signings after Geffen's departure was Warren Zevon, who released a series of successful and critically acclaimed LPs for the label; his self-titled 1976 label debut has been called the best California rock album of the decade.[by whom?]

By the early 1980s, although the copyright lines on albums still read "Elektra/Asylum Records" or "Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records", Elektra was becoming the more prominent of the two labels with Asylum turning into a secondary imprint. By the middle of the decade, the company was unofficially calling itself Elektra Records, and in 1989 it was renamed Elektra Entertainment. By this time Asylum's remaining acts had been shifted to the Elektra roster, although catalog recordings and reissues continued to be sold with the Asylum label on them.

Country format[edit]

Asylum was reformatted into a Country music label, still operated by Elektra, in 1992. Under the new format, Asylum scored successful recordings by such acts as Emmylou Harris, Brother Phelps, Thrasher Shiver, Kevin Sharp, Bryan White, and Lila McCann. They also produced many critically acclaimed albums by artists such as Mandy Barnett, Guy Clark, The Cox Family, Bob Woodruff, John Douglas Myers (JD Myers) and Jamie Hartford. By the end of the decade, however, mismanagement and a lack of promotion money led to the dissolution of the Asylum country label.

In 2003, Mike Curb, head of Curb Records, revived the Nashville division of Asylum, forming a new label known as Asylum-Curb. LeAnn Rimes, Clay Walker, Lee Brice, Rio Grand, Hank Williams, Jr. and Wynonna were among the artists on the Asylum-Curb division as of 2003.[7]

Relaunch[edit]

After being dormant for several years, Asylum Records was revived as an urban music-based label in 2004, with some of its releases distributed in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records and others through Atlantic Records. In 2006, WMG shifted Asylum to operate under their newly created Independent Label Group, which also comprises Cordless Recordings and East West Records. In December 2006, Asylum Records announced the signing of Atlanta, Georgia-based metal band Sevendust, the first non-hip-hop artist to be signed to the newly reconfigured label. On March 30, 2009, Asylum president and CEO Todd Moscowitz was promoted to co-president of Warner Bros. Records Inc.[8] Subsequently, Asylum was detached from the Independent Label Group and operated under Warner Bros. from 2009 to 2013 before being moved to Atlantic.[9] Cee Lo Green was signed to the label as well as New Boyz and Ed Sheeran. The label achieved its first number 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart with "Feel the Love" by Rudimental in May 2012. The label was relaunched in the US in 2017, operating separately from the UK label.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Bego, Joni Mitchell (Lanham, MD, 2005, ISBN 978-1-58979-134-3), p. 106.
  2. ^ a b Kort, Michele. Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro. Google Books. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Lacy, Susan. "American Masters". Inventing David Geffen. PBS. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (November 20, 2012). "'American Masters' profiles mogul David Geffen". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ Gay, Verne (November 19, 2012). "'American Masters: Inventing David Geffen' review". Newsday. 
  6. ^ "Asylum Records". Discogs. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  7. ^ Ruble, Dave (2003-01-29). "Mike Curb to revive Asylum". Nashville Post. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  8. ^ Anonymous (30 March 2009). "Todd Moscowitz Joins Warner Bros. Records". Business Wire. Business Wire. Business Wire. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Todd Moscowitz Joins Warner Bros. Records". 
  10. ^ Aswad, Jem (31 October 2017). "Warner Music Group to Relaunch Asylum, Label Founded by David Geffen". variety.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Asylum Records Relaunched In U.S. - Warner Music Group Official Blog". Warner Music Group Official Website. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 

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