Australia Australia
Top Album
Bernard Fanning - Departures
Top Single
Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines
Top Album
Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
Top Single
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. + Pharrell - Blurred Lines
Top Album
Black Sabbath - 13
Top Single
Daniel Johns of Silverchair playing the Melbourne Big Day Out 2008
Photo by Ros O'Gorman

John Watson Takes Eleven To Universal

By Paul Cashmere
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:03:53 +1000

Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Little Birdy, Kisschasy and Paul Mac are heading to a new home. Uber-manager John Watson is jumping ship from EMI to take his Eleven label to Universal.

Watson`s Eleven has been with EMI ever since he founded the company.

Universal has built up Australia`s premiere local roster with Pav`s Modular (Wolfmother, Cut Copy, The Presets) and Paul Piticco`s Dew Process (Powderfinger, Sarah Blasko, The Living End). It also releases the Ralph Carr family of artists including Kate Ceberano, Vanessa Amorosi and Carl Riseley.

Comments by Watson fly in the face of what EMI owners Terra Firma are claiming to be their new model. “In this cluttered media environment, we believe that artists need to aggregate their finite marketing and promotional resources,” he said in a statement. “Instead of the traditional approach of having one group of people trying to sell “CDs” while others try to sell “concert tickets”, artists need to be in the broader business of building enduring relationships with their audiences in all the different forms that may take. Universal Music truly understands all this, so our new deal will allow us to integrate those processes much more seamlessly.”

Universal Managing Director George Ash is delighted to welcome Eleven to the Universal family. “John Watson, Melissa Chenery, the team at Eleven, and their amazing artists are at the forefront of success and creativity, and the Universal Music family is honoured to be partnering with them as we work towards an exciting new future. Our bond is based upon a passion for artists and connecting them with their fans in a fast changing music world. Eleven are the leaders, the innovators and the true home for artists. We couldn`t be more excited,” he said.

Eleven will join Universal on September 1.

  1. Mark Ronson Takes Allido To Universal

    Mark Ronson is moving his Allido Records label to Universal Music.
    11:31am Apr 15, 2008
  2. Missy Higgins Makes It Two In A Row For John Watson

    John Watson's Eleven Records is doing something the majors are having troubling doing ... selling quality music. Eleven Records' 'On A Clear Night' for Missy Higgins has debuted at number one in Australia replacing Eleven Records 'Young Modern' by Silverchair.
    6:09pm May 07, 2007
  3. Gudinski Jumps Ship From Warner To Universal

    Michael Gudinski has taken his Liberation music label from Warner Music to Universal.
    5:42am Sep 01, 2008

  1. Catherine Britt - Undercover Interviews

    Catherine Britt chats to Undercover about her latest self-titled album release.
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  2. Dan Kelly - Undercover Interviews

    Dan Kelly plays the tracks ‘The Decomissioner’, ‘Dan Kelly’s Dream’ and ‘Drowning...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  3. Jamie Cullum - Undercover Interviews

    Jamie Cullum talks to Undercover about his music career.
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  4. Jason Derulo - Undercover Interviews

    Jason Derulo comes in to the Undercover Studio to chat about his music and life o...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  5. Stereophonics - Undercover Interviews

    Welsh band Stereophonics have a chat to Undercover about their latest music achie...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  6. Catherine Britt - USessions

    Catherine Britt comes into the Undercover studios to play a few songs off her lat...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  7. Dan Kelly - USessions

    Dan Kelly plays the tracks ‘The Decomissioner’, ‘Dan Kelly’s Dream’ and ‘Drowning...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  8. Darlene Love - Undercover Interviews

    Darlene Love has a chat to Undercover about her 50-years in show business.
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  9. Rebecca Barnard - USessions

    Rebecca Barnard comes into the Undercover studio to play a few songs off her late...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  10. Lazy Susan - USessions

    Paul Andrews from Lazy Susan plays the tracks ‘Expecting To Change’, ‘Bad Hands’ ...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010