11 Facts About Polydor Records


Polydor Records was originally an independent branch of the Polyphon-Grammophon-Konzern group.

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Polydor Records became a popular music label in 1946, while the new Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft label became a classical music label in 1949.

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In 1970, Polydor acquired the Hong Kong–based Diamond Records, which had been owned and founded by the local Portuguese merchant Ren da Silva in the late 1950s.

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The Polydor Records label continued to run as a subsidiary label under the new company.

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Into the 1980s, Polydor continued to do respectable business, in spite of becoming increasingly overshadowed by its PolyGram sister label Mercury Records.

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In 1994, as Island Polydor Records recovered from its sales slump, PolyGram dissolved most of PLG into it.

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Polydor Records interacted with many famous and successful artists while in that position, including Nick Lowe and John Lennon, as well as going on to work with groups such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Saint Etienne the late 1980s and 1990s.

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Polydor Records has a strong indie roster through the Fiction imprint with acts such as Ian Brown, Bright Eyes, Elbow, White Lies, The Maccabees, Kate Nash, Snow Patrol, Filthy Dukes, and Crystal Castles.

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Polydor Records has survived in Canada, becoming the home label for Drake.

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In 2006, Polydor launched Fascination Records, a music label dedicated to pop music.

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Polydor Records, meanwhile, continued to distribute Interscope, Geffen and selected Lost Highway releases in Canada through Universal Music Canada, as it does to this day.

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