A&M RECORDS, LTD. HISTORY

1962

A&M Records was established in the United States in 1962. The company licensed its first recordings in Britain to Stateside Records in 1963 and 1964. It created a licensing agreement with Pye Records from 1965 until March 1974. Original A&M recordings were issued with Pye International stock numbers, reissued on Pye Records, until 1967 when it began releasing A&M Records with the A&M label and logo on the recordings. The first single with the A&M logo was "Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

1963

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1965

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1966

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3)
Chris Montez (1)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)
Chris Montez (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1967

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1968

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)
Long John Baldry (1)
Sandpipers (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1969

A&M Records, Ltd., in April 1969 opened with four staff members: John Deacon, Larry Yaskiel, John Dyer and Robin Blanchflower.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)
Blodwyn Pig (1)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)
Checkmates Ltd. (1)
Sandpipers (1)
Ike and Tina Turner (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1970

A&M Records, Ltd. released and recalled its first album A Witch Is Born by Alex Sanders. A&M realized the risk it had taken on a recording about a witch's initiation into a coven. The album also has the distinction of being the first A&M recording to carry a warning label: "Record suitable for adults only." A Witch Is Born is among the most expensive of A&M's collectible records. A&M would be wary of recordings about witchcraft and satanism for many years. In 1976, A&M Records, Ltd. chose to release Chris DeBurgh's Spanish Train and Other Stories with a plain back cover rather than with the drawing of Satan's hand that appeared in other countries.

In June, John Deacon was promoted to general manager. Keith Lowis was appointed to fill Deacon's production manager position. Larry Yaskiel was the European director. John Dyer started as the sales promotion manager and became the marketing manager. Robin Blanchflower began as the display representative and took over sales promotion.

Shortly after his promotion, Larry Yaskiel visited 15 countries to negotiate or renew licensing rights for the A&M catalog of recordings. All contracts wre to be finalized by the end of July and include the appointment of a local executive to be responsible for A&M's interests. A&M also wanted each country to sign local talent for A&M and A&M would consider world distribution in return.

In August, A&M negotiated a deal for its own radio who on the Isle of Man's Manx Radio. It was a 13 week run with 26 shows.

On September 25, the Mayfair budget line launched with ten albums including three by various A&M Records artists. The first campaign was titled "Unwind to the Sound of A&M Mayfair." John Deacon told Billboard, "Bargain price records can increase the sales of full price products."

In October, A&M reactivated its public relations office with Pat Pretty as its head.

Artist signings during the year included Humble Pie, Supertramp, the Strwabs, Marc Benno and Cat Stevens.

SOURCES:
Executive Turntable. Billboard, June 20, 1970, 48.
A&M Yaskiel Touring Europe. Billboard, June 20, 1970, 50.
A&M Secures Radio Show. Billboard, August 8, 1970, 47.
A&M Lists Banner August Sales Month. Billboard, November 7, 1970, 3.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3)
Burt Bacharach (1)
Blodwyn Pig (1)
Joe Cocker (1)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)
Carpenters(1)
Miguel Rios (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1970 ADS

1971

A&M began to distribute the Clarance Avant owned Sussex Records in Great Britain. Avant had been instrumental in shaping the deal between Creed Taylor and his CTI Records and A&M in the U.S.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Burt Bacharach (1)
Carpenters (1)
Carole King (1)
Waldo de los Rios (1)
Leon Russell (1)
Strawbs (1)
Carpenters (2)
Carole King (1)
Los Pop Tops (1)
Waldo de los Rios (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1972

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)
Humble Pie (2)
Carole King (2)
Strawbs (1)
Carpenters (2)
Blue Haze (1)
Billy Preston (1)
Cat Stevens (1)
Strawbs (1)
Bill Withers (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1973

By now, Derek Green was the managing director of A&M Records, Ltd. Dave Margerson was named the A&R Director and John Mair was hired as the general sales manager. Mair had a staff of five sales people. On the artist side, A&M signed the Esperanto Rock Orchestra for worldwide distribution.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) began issuing its silver, gold and platinum certifications for outstanding sales. A silver album meant that combined album and tape sales totaled $188,000 sold at dealer price. A silver single sold 250,000 copies. A Gold single had sales of 500,000 copies. A gold album had $275,000 in album and tape sales at dealer price.

The Carpenters received A&M's only BPI awards, a silver single and a silver album.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)
Stealers Wheel (2)
Strawbs (2)
Carpenters (1)
Humble Pie (1)
Strawbs (1)
Rick Wakeman (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1974

Now with a staff of 12 employees, A&M began a three-year manufacturing and distribution deal with CBS. A&M's other licenses in Europe were:
      Barclay in France
      Ariola-Eurodisc in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Spain
      Sonet in Scandanavia
      Ricordi in Italy

On October 26, 1974, Billboard announced that A&M Ltd. planned global release of its product. Until then, British products had to prove their sales potential at home first and were distributed in the U.S. and other countries at later dates.

The label moved to its New Kings Road location in London.

The Carpenters picked up four of A&M's six BPI certifications including the first platinum album certification. Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth won both silver and gold album certifications.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (1)
Strawbs (1)
Supertramp (1)
Rick Wakeman (1)
Carpenters (2)
Hudson-Ford (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1974 ADS

1975

Thanks to an 80% increase in sales in the mid-1970s from British artists Stealers Wheel, the Strawbs, Hudson-Ford, Rick Wakeman, and with the Carpenters' first four albums in the Top 30 in the British market, A&M enlarged its sales staff to twelve employees. A&M Records, Ltd. moved to its New Kings Road headquarters in London.

The Carpenters "Please Mr. Postman" received a silver certification, A&M's first for a single. The Carpenters, Supertramp and Rick Wakeman each had an album that received both silver and gold certifications this year with Horizon, Crime of the Century and Myths and Legends of King Arthur.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (4) Carpenters (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1976

Seven BPI awards were given to A&M. British artists Gallagher and Lyle's album Breakaway and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! went both gold and silver. Joan Armatrading's self titled album went silver. The Carpenters received two gold album certifications.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Peter Frampton (3)
Gallagher & Lyle (3)
Carpenters (2)
Joan Armatrading (1)
Carpenters (1)
Peter Frampton (1)
Gallagher & Lyle (1)
Nils Lofgren (1)
Rick Wakeman (1)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1977

On March 9, A&M Records, Ltd. signed the Sex Pistols for a two year period and a minimum of 20 tracks that could be albums or singles. The public signing was held the next day. The Pistols, apparently not concerned about their release from EMI for inappropriate behavior put on a show for onlookers then defiled A&M's London offices and were rude to the A&M staff. A&M Britain reported the incident to label owners Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Press reports of the Pistols behavior reached other A&M artists who questioned the signing of this act as so different from the A&M family of artists with Alpert and Moss. Meanwhile, the Pistols' first single "God Save the Queen" had been rushed into production. It was never released because Alpert and Moss bought out the Sex Pistols contract and let the group go on March 16. A few copies of "God Save the Queen" were taken from the manufacturing plant. It is the most highly collectable of A&M recordings.

Eight A&M artists picked up the 11 BPI certifications in 1977--nine silver albums and two gold albums. Andy Fairweather Low and Nils Lofgren had their first silver albums. Peter Frampton, Supertramp, Joan Armatrading, Rick Wakeman, Gallagher and Lyle and the Carpenters returned with new award-winning albums.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)
Nils Lofgren (2)
Rick Wakeman (2)
Elkie Brooks (2)
Rita Coolidge (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1977 ADS

1978

A&M Records, Ltd. undertook its largest campaign for the Carpenters album The Singles 1974-1978. It invested $600,000 in television ads, posters, print ads and 750 window displays in record stores.

BPI awarded A&M nine certifications. The Carpenters The Singles 1974-1978 received the silver, gold and platinum certifications. Elkie Brooks had two silver albums and one, Two Days Away was certified gold. Rita Coolidge received her first BPI's with two silver albums.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Seven artists and one soundtrack (1) Elkie Brooks (3)
Squeeze (3)
Brothers Johnson (2)
Police (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1979

A&M Records, Ltd. Now 60 to 70 employees.

A&M artists doubled the number of BPI certifications of any preceding year by earning 20 awards this year. The Police accounted for 11 awards and were A&M's first British act to receive a platinum record for Reggatta de Blanc. Squeeze took home the first gold single BPI with "Cool for Cats" and Supertramp's Breakfast in America attained silver, gold and platinum status.

A&M made a deal with Charlie Gillett and Gordon Nelki, founders of Oval Records. A&M manufactured and distributed singles by Bobby Henry, Ron Keith, The Secret and Shrink.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Dickies (2)
Joe Jackson (2)
Police (2)
Dickies (3)
Police (3)
Squeeze (3)
Supertramp (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1980

New artists Hazel O'Connor's Breaking Glass and Joe Jackson's I'm the Man albums were each certified silver and gold. Joan Armatrading and Supertramp also received silver and gold album awards for their latest works. The Police remained the big winner with three silver singles. Their Zenyatta Mondatta album received silver, gold and platinum certifications.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Nine artists (1) Police (4)
Joan Armatrading (3)
Brothers Johnson (2)
Hazel O'Connor (2)
Squeeze (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1981

The Police received six of the 19 BPI certifications. Their Ghost in the Machine album achieved silver, gold and platinum status during the year. Elkie Brooks also received silver, gold and platinum album awards for Pearls. Squeeze received both a silver album and silver single certifications. Joan Armatrading and Rita Coolidge each had an album that went silver and gold.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Twelve artists (1) Quincy Jones (3)
Police (3)
Squeeze (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1982

Elkie Brooks again scored silver, gold and platinum for her album Pearls II. Supertramp's Famous Last Words and Squeeze's Singles 45's and Under were certified silver and gold while Captain Sensible and the Police each received a silver single award.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Squeeze (1)
Thirteen artists and one soundtrack (1)
Elkie Brooks (3)
Dennis Brown (2)
Captain Sensible (2)
Squeeze (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1983

The Synchronicity album by The Police was certified silver, gold and platinum and the album's biggest single "Every Breath You Take" was a silver single. The Carpenters, Joan Armatrading and Joe Jackson each had an album that was certified both silver and gold.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Joan Armatrading (2)
Rock Goddess (2)
Police (3)
Joe Jackson (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1984

Three of the five BPI awards were the silver, gold and platinum certifications for the latest Carpenters compilation Yesterday Once More. Chris DeBurgh and the Alarm each received a silver album award.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Jeffrey Osborne (2)
Thirteen artists and one soundtrack (1)
Alarm (3)
Jeffrey Osborne (3)
Captain Sensible (2)
Joe Jackson (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1985

Bryan Adams' Reckless album was the big award winner with silver gold and platinum. Sting's first solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles was silver and gold.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Bryan Adams (1)
Joan Armatrading (1)
Bryan Adams (6)
Sting (4)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1986

A&M's first CD singles were released in Great Britain. Considered novelty items, they were successful. By 1987 CD singles sales would exceed that of cassette singles.

Variety reported that A&M launched a campaign for new age music with the Beggars Banquet record label.

In 1986, A&M won 23 BPI awards, the most in the label's history. Chris DeBurgh took the most awards with five. His Into the Light took silver, gold and platinum album certifications and his single "The Lady in Red" was certified silver and gold. The Police took four awards for Every Breath You Take: the Singles from silver through a double platinum certification. Janet Jackson, Suzanne Vega and Supertramp all released albums that were awarded silver and gold status. Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" single was both a silver and gold winner.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Chris DeBurgh (2)
Seven artists (1)
Janet Jackson (4)
Suzanne Vega (4)
Bryan Adams (3)
Chris DeBurgh (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1986 ADS

1987

A&M introduced the 3-inch CD single in Britain as a promotional item. The first commercial 3-inch CD released by any record compan was A&M's limited edition of Sting's "We'll Be Together." This collector's package included a CD sleeve and plastic adapter to play the CD. While "We'll Be Together" sold out within one week. A&M realized that future CD singles would more likely be 5-inch because the market for the smaller CDs was only about 5,000 units. Promotional CD singles were produced in 1,000 to 5,000 unit lots.

Chris DeBurgh's Into the Light went double platinum. Janet Jackson's Control went platinum while her Control: the Remixes achieved silver and gold status. Suzanne Vega and Squeeze also achieved platinum with Solitude Standing and Singles 45s and Under. Artists Black, Bryan Adams and Sting each had an album that was awarded silver and gold certifications. A&M's first album by various artists A Very Special Christmas which supported Special Olympics also went silver and gold. With 19 BPI awards, A&M enjoyed a fine year.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Ten artists and
two albums by various artists (1)
Bryan Adams (3)
Janet Jackson (3)
Suzanne Vega (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1987 ADS

1988

Half of the eight BPI awards this year were platinum album certifications including a triple platinum certification for Joan Armatrading with The Shouting Stage. Chris DeBurgh Sting and Suzanne Vega enjoyed platinum album success with their albums. DeBurgh's Flying Colors received silver, gold and platinum awards. For the first time an A&M soundtrack won a BPI award. Good Morning Vietnam went silver.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Five artists and
one album by various artists (1)
Black (2)
Sting (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1989

Of the nine BPI awards, Chris DeBurgh won three with his Spark to a Flame album which achieved platinum status upon release. Sam Brown and Janet Jackson each had an album that was certified silver and gold. The Good Morning Vietnam soundtrack went gold.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Five artists and one soundtrack (1) Gun (3)
Janet Jackson (3)
Arthur Baker (2)
Dare (2)
L.A. Mix (2)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1990

The sale of A&M Records to PolyGram became effective on January 1.

There were two double platinum compilation albums this year, Only Yesterday by the Carpenters and Spark to a Flame by Chris DeBurgh. Only Yesterday was the first album to make double platinum status in the same year that it was released. The Carpenters took the most BPIs--six--four for Only Yesterday plus silver and gold for their 1976 concert album Live at the Palladium now reissued on CD by Pickwick. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was certified platinum. Del Amitri, Joe Jackson and Suzanne Vega each had an album that gained silver and gold status. A&M had 17 BPI awards for the year.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)
Eight artists and one various artists (1)
Janet Jackson (5)
Del Amitri (4)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1991

Bryan Adam's single "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" spent 16 weeks at #1.

The 23 BPI awards tied 1986 as A&M's best-selling year including eight platinum album and a platinum single award. Bryan Adams had a stellar year with the most BPI awards ever given to one A&M artist in a year. He earned eight awards including A&M's first double platinum single for "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," a triple platinum album with Waking Up the Neighbours and a double platinum album for Reckless. Artists Black and Del Amitri also won platinum album awards for Wonderful Life and Waking Hours. Amy Grant, Extreme and Sting each received silver and gold certifications for an album.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Nine artists (1) Extreme (4)
Bryan Adams (3)
Amy Grant (3)
Milltown Brothers (3)
Sting (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1992

Nearly one-third of the 19 BPI certifications were platinum. The Police's Every Breath You Take: the Singles reached quadruple platinum; Bryan Adam's Reckless and Waking Up the Neighbours both went triple platinum, Sting's Dream of the Blue Turtles was double platinum, and Extreme's Pornograffitti and The Autobiography of Supertramp attained platinum. Gold albums went to Chris DeBurgh, Extreme, Del Amitri and The Police.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Twelve artists (1) Cece Peniston (6)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1993

Nine of the 20 BPI award certifications were for platinum albums. The Carpenters were the first A&M artist to have an album be certified platinum five times with Only Yesterday. Bryan Adams, Dina Carroll and Sting each had an album that won triple platinum with So Far So Good, So Close and Ten Summoner's Tales.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Seven artists (1) Sting (5)
Dina Carroll (4)
Bad Boys Inc. (3)
Therapy? (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1994

A&M received 17 BPI certifications. Sting won four of them, silver through double platinum for his Fields of Gold album. The Carpenters, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden and Therapy? all had an album that went silver and gold.

TOP A&M RECORDS ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN

ALBUMSSINGLES
Thirteen artists (1) Bad Boys Inc. (3)
Sheryl Crow (3)
Cud (3)
Cece Peniston (3)
Soundgarden (3)
Therapy? (3)

SOURCE:
Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown. The Complete Book of British Charts Singles and Albums, 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

1995

Janet Jackson's Design of a Decade 1986/1996 was a silver, gold and platinum award winning album. Sheryl Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club achieved platinum status. Chris DeBurgh and Del Amitri both had an album that was certified both silver and platinum.

1996

There were 13 BPI certifications awarded to five A&M albums. Design of a Decade 1986/1996 went double platinum. Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams and Dodgy each received silver and platinum awards for one of their albums.

1997

Sheryl Crow's self titled album was certified triple platinum. Sting's Fields of Gold was certified triple platinum and Mercury Falling rose to platinum status. Bryan Adams saw double platinum for 18 Til I Die. Most of the 14 BPI awards went to five compilations albums.

1998

From 1990 through June 1998, A&M Records, Ltd. had revenue between $30-40 million and profits of $2-3 million.

On June 27, 1998, Billboard reported that A&M Records, Ltd. was being restructured under the merger of its owner PolyGram with Universal Music Group. The reorganization essentially closed A&M's presence in Great Britain after 29 successful years. It removed A&M's marketing and distribution operations. A&M's artists with international recording agreements were transferred to Polydor while British artists were sent to Mercury Records. However, PolyGram also announced A&M would continue to sign new acts and some current artists' new releases would be on the A&M label.

A&M won 12 BPI certifications in 1998. Tuesday Night Music Club went double platinum. The Very Best of Sting and the Police and Expecting to Fly by the Bluetones received platinum awards. Bryan Adams and Del Amitri each had albums that went silver and gold.

1999

In 1999, there were five BPI awards. Silver, gold and platinum went to The Globe Sessions by Sheryl Crow there was silver and gold for Sting's Brand New Day.

Chris Cornell, Euphoria Morning album

2000

Three of the four BPI awards in 2000 went to the Carpenters' Gold which went platinum. Sting's Brand New Day also went platinum.

2001

BPI awarded silver and gold certifications to Sting's All This Time in the only A&M awards for 2001.

2002

In 2002, the final BPI awards were silver and gold albums for Sheryl Crow's C'mon C'mon.

Sheryl Crow, C'mon C'mon album

2003

Sheryl Crow, The Very Best of Sheryl Crow album

2005

Pussycat Dolls, PCD album

2006

On May 27, 2006, Music Week announced Universal was reactivating the A&M label and had appointed two of its A&R people as its principal managers. Simon Gavin who had been the head of A&R for Polydor was named to run A&M. The relaunch of A&M happened around January of 2007. In interviews with Music Week's editor Paul Williams, Simon said, "I think A&M is a new label with an old name. Rolling Stone once described A&M as the classiest label on the planet and that's what we aspire to." He also said, "When we set the label up we wanted A&M to be the hardest place to get a record deal," and "We want the best of all genres and will be selective and focused in our signing policy." The official website for Universal's A&M Records in Britain is A&M Records in the U.K.

 

SOURCES:
  1. U.K. Steps Up Raids on U.S. Graeme Andrews. Billboard, March 25, 1967.
  2. A&M Marketing Step-Up Seen in Wake of New Appointments. Billboard,
      March 10, 1973.
  3. A&M Distrib, Pressing Tie Is Seen Strong Alliance for CBS. Billboard,
      February 16, 1974.
  4. A&M to Set Up Sales Operation in England After Volume Surge. Billboard.
  5. 5-Inchers Seen As Best Bet Among CD Singles in U.K. Nick Robertshaw.
      Billboard, November 28, 1987.
  6. U.K. A&M Executive Quits Charts Post. Billboard, September 2, 1989.
  7. A&M U.K. Restructured. M. Solomon. Billboard, June 27, 1998.
  8. BPI.
  9. A&M Records Back on UK Scene As Universal Appoints A&R Bosses.
      Paul Williams. Music Week, May 27, 2006.
10. They A&M to Please. Paul Williams. Music Week, May 21, 2008.


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