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Label News (more headlines) 05-15-2016

Independent Labels Going Strong With IMPALA Sales Awards Clocking Up Another 10 Million Units

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With over a hundred registrations or award upgrades totalling just under 10 million units, IMPALA's latest Sales Awards is one of the biggest ever and includes artists from across Europe like Caro Emerald (The Netherlands), Christine and The Queens (France), SSIO (Germany), Oscar and the Wolf (Belgium), Jamie XX (United Kingdom), Els Pets (Spain), Raubtier (Sweden) etc.

Since the last announcement Arctic Monkeys' album "AM" doubled its sales and wins a Quadruple Platinum Award. DJ Snake receives a Double Platinum Award for his collaboration with the American DJ/Producer Diplo on the hit "Lean On" while Platinum Awards were also attributed to the Dutch singer Caro Emerald and to the German Punk band NoRMAhl.

Some of the nominees of the IMPALA European Album of the Year are again part of the best sellers in Europe. Christine and the Queens reaches Platinum with her album "Chaleur Humaine". The British Grime scene is represented by JME who receives a Double Silver Award for his single "Man Don't Care" featuring Giggs and a Silver Award for his third album "Integrity>". The Belgian rock band Balthazar also confirms its success with the Silver Award rewarding its last album "Thin Walls". Two other Belgian artists achieve sales awards: Selah Sue wins a Gold Award with "Reason" and Oscar and the Wolf's "Entity" attains Double Silver.

The Swedish label, Despotz Records, who is selected for the FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN campaign, is also rewarded with a Silver Award for "Världsherravälde" by the Swedish metal band Raubtier. On the other side of Europe, Discmedi, the Catalan label clocked up the most awards including for local band Els Pets (6 Double Silver Awards and 1 Gold Award), Spanish Celtic band Milladoiro (4 Silver Awards) and Brazilian singer Vinicius de Moraes with "La Fusa", Diamond Award.

IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith commented: "This is an impressive list of awards. It's great to see sales success for the Album of the Year nominees, as well as labels featured in the Young Label Spotlight which just started last month."

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