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BMG Chrysalis Acquires Indie Label Vagrant Records

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — BMG Chrysalis US revealed that it has acquired the Los Angeles-based rock label Vagrant Records, label home to artists such as The Eels, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and PJ Harvey.

As a part of the deal, BMG is acquiring the entire Vagrant catalogue, as well as its rights to future recordings. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Current Vagrant releases include the 1975’s self-titled debut album which is on course for sales of 250,000 in the US, James Vincent McMorrow who released a deluxe version of his second album Post Tropical on November 11 and Brooke Fraser, whose fourth album Brutal Romantic is out on November 18.

The acquisition of Vagrant follows the acquisition by BMG Chrysalis UK in September of another well-regarded indie record label, Infectious Music, home to alt-J.

Laurent Hubert, President of Marketing & Creative at BMG Chrysalis North America said, “The acquisition of Vagrant Records is another milestone for BMG in the US as we build scale and capabilities in the recordings business just as we have in music publishing. Jon Cohen has built an impressive team at Vagrant, and with the support of BMG and its international infrastructure, we believe they will offer an unbeatable service both to Vagrant artists and to BMG’s Artist Services signings.” – Staff Writers