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Legendary 1960s record label Blue Horizon is being relaunched at MIDEM by Seymour Stein (photo) and Richard Gottehrer, the original founders of Sire Records, Blue Horizon’s US partner.

Blue Horizon was set up in London in 1966 to release music by original US blues masters, such as Otis Spann, and pioneering British blues groups such as Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack.

Seymour Stein still works for Sire, now part of Warner Records, but has always kept the option to revive Blue Horizon. In 1997 Gottehrer set up The Orchard, which has become a leading independent distributor of digital music, supplying product to retailers in nearly 70 countries. Both will continue with their respective companies.

Blue Horizon will be searching out talent from all over the world. Artists will be developed and distributed through The Orchard, with the opportunity for Warner to add the experience and muscle of a major label on some projects.

Richard Gottehrer said: “I believe this will stand as a shining example of how two
progressive companies with shared visions coming from different backgrounds can work together to build a better and more prosperous music industry. We’re excited to get started.”

Seymour Stein added: “MIDEM was the first true international marketplace for music, and
in its fifth decade it is still as necessary and important. That’s why Richard and I chose to announce the relaunch of Blue Horizon at here at MIDEM .”

This and more in the MIDEM daily News, only in Cannes… and online soon!


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James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.

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