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Press release: The Beggars Group Announces New Radio Department Duties for 2020 6 January 2020

Jan 6th 2020 – The Beggars Group of Labels (4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, Young Turks and XL Recordings) announces updates to roles in their radio department.

ELLENA OSIS shifts into role of Non-Commercial Radio Director. A part of the Beggars radio team as a consultant since 2017, Ellena is now responsible for non-commercial radio airplay and promotional strategies for a wide variety of artists across Beggars’ labels. In addition to consulting for us, she previously also ran her own AAA Radio Promotion & Artist Development company, The House That Built Me. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director of AAA Radio at SONY/RED, and before that was National radio director at Mute Records. Ellena will continue to work out of the New York office.

BRIANA GRECO is now be the key point of contact for college and specialty radio in the US....

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Press release: Vaughan Oliver Remembered By Ivo Watts-Russell 3 January 2020

Vaughan Oliver taught me to appreciate quality. He taught me how to look at the physical world. He was a force of nature and I’m having such a hard time processing this.

I have no idea how to define in a few words the enormous impact he had on my life. Two Virgos with a tendency toward being controlling we somehow managed to compliment and bolster each other in our mission to transcend mediocrity. The breadth and scale of work is incomparable, continuously fanned by the inspiration a new collaboration would bring. I’m aware that we each considered the other a bit of an enigma, a contradiction to our own personalities, and I also know that our mutual respect for each other remained intact.

We had drifted apart having less frequent contact as the years passed and I moved to the States. This last year, aware of an unrelated but...

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Press release: Vaughan Oliver 1957-2019 2 January 2020

“To suggest is to create; to describe is to destroy.” Robert Doisneau

We are incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Vaughan Oliver; there was no-one else like him.

Without Vaughan, 4AD would not be 4AD and it’s no understatement to say that his style also helped to shape graphic design in the late-20th century.

The label’s first employee, he designed his first sleeve for the Modern English single ‘Gathering Dust’ in 1980 before going on to create iconic works for the likes of Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Lush, Pale Saints, TV On The Radio, Scott Walker and countless others. The Guardian said his designs were “abstract, dreamlike, elegant” and they weren’t wrong, he gave both us as a label and our musicians an identity and a voice.

We will miss you Vaughan and our thoughts are with your family and friends. We were blessed to...

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