Roadrunner Records

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Roadrunner Records (Roadrunner Music Group B.V.) is a record label that concentrates on and bands. It is currently a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

The label was launched in the Netherlands in 1980 and was originally called “Roadracer Records”. Roadrunner’s initial business was importing North American metal band recordings into Europe. In 1986 Roadrunner opened its US headquarters in New York City and later opened offices in England, Germany, France, Japan, Australia and the latest in Denmark. Early successes included albums from King Diamond (the first Roadrunner artist to enter the Billboard Top 200 albums chart) and Annihilator. The label also handled early Metallica releases in the Scandinavian region. The end of the 1980s saw the release of two albums that are now considered classics of their respective genres: Obituary’s Slowly We Rot and Sepultura’s Beneath the Remains.

The 1990s saw the arrival of acts such as Life of Agony, Machine Head, Sepultura, and Type O Negative. As the 1990s continued, several of Roadrunner’s bands managed to make an impact on the mainstream, most notably Sepultura and Type O Negative. Sepultura’s 1993 album, Chaos A.D., became the first Roadrunner band to crack the Top 40 on the Billboard album chart. Type O Negative became the first Roadrunner band to receive a certification from the RIAA; this was a Gold award (and later Platinum award) for the 1993 album Bloody Kisses, which was certified in 1995.

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