Beggars Group

The Beggars Group is the home of 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young.

The Beggars Group in the last decade has gone from strength to strength, not only confirming their position as one of the largest independent groups of labels in the world, but also, by allowing their artists the time to develop, affording them freedom and support, releasing the best the decade had to offer.


About

With origins stemming from the Beggars Banquet record shops in London, whose first branch opened in 1973 in Earls Court, the label was born in 1977 with the 7” release of the ‘Free Admission Single’ by The Lurkers. Success was quick to follow via one of the first signings, Gary Numan

Chaired by founder Martin Mills, Beggars Group now comprises many of the world’s most respected independent labels and is home to 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young, in addition to a growing publishing wing (Beggars Music) and a successful catalog imprint (Beggars Arkive). Based in London with US headquarters in New York City, The Beggars Group also have dedicated offices in all major markets in addition to an office in Los Angeles, CA and a Matador office in Austin, TX.

Beggars has also been a pioneer in the digital world and had its catalogue available digitally before the end of the last century. It self-distributes digitally and to US indie stores, and have been active proponents in promoting the collective interests of the independent sector, instrumental in the setting up of the sector’s various representative bodies. They are proud to be founding members of the Association of Independent Music (UK), IMPALA (Europe), A2IM (USA), and the Worldwide Independent Network, each of which represent the interests of the independent music industry. The Beggars Group are also active members of Merlin, the independents’ rights licensing body.

With numerous Brit, GRAMMY® and Mercury Music Prize wins among them, success in recent years have included releases from innovative and groundbreaking artists such as Adele, ANOHNI, Arca, Jarvis Cocker, FKA twigs, Grimes, Interpol, M.I.A., The National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Sampha, Kamasi Washington, The xx and more. Over it’s lifetime, the Group has also had the privilege of releasing music from the likes of Alabama Shakes, Badly Drawn Boy, Bauhaus, Basement Jaxx, Beirut, Bon Iver, Biffy Clyro, The Birthday Party, British Sea Power, The Breeders, Cat Power, The Charlatans, Cocteau Twins, Cornershop, The Cult, Dead Can Dance, Deerhunter, Dizzee Rascal, The Fall, The Go-Betweens, PJ Harvey, The Libertines,The Lurkers, Lush, Mercury Rev, Gary Numan, Pavement, Pixies, The Prodigy, Purity Ring, Queens of the Stone Age, The Raconteurs, Savages, The Strokes, St. Vincent, This Mortal Coil, Tune-Yards, TV On The Radio, Vampire Weekend, Scott Walker, Warpaint, Jack White, The White Stripes, Wiley and Yo La Tengo, among countless others.


Grammy® awards/nominations



  • 2021 – NOMINEE – Best Rock Performance – Big Thief“Not” (4AD)
  • 2021 – NOMINEE – Best Rock Song – Big Thief“Not” (4AD)
  • 2021 – WINNER – Best Recording Package – Desert SessionsVols. 11 & 12 (Matador)
  • 2021 – NOMINEE – Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media – Kamasi WashingtonBecoming (Young)
  • 2021 – NOMINEE – Best Dance/Electronic Album – ARCAKiCk i (XL Recordings)
  • 2020 – NOMINEE – Best Alternative Album – Big ThiefUFOF (4AD)
  • 2020 – NOMINEE – Best Alternative Album – Thom YorkeAnima (XL Recordings)
  • 2020 – NOMINEE – Best Song Written For Visual Media – Thom Yorke“Suspirium” (XL Recordings)
  • 2020 – NOMINEE – Best Boxed Or Limited Edition Package – Thom YorkeAnima (XL Recordings)
  • 2020 – NOMINEE – Best Music Film – Thom YorkeAnima (XL Recordings)
  • 2020 – NOMINEE – Music Video – FKA Twigs“Cellophane” (Young)
  • 2018 – WINNER – Best Alternative Album – The NationalSleep Well Beast (4AD)
  • 2018 – NOMINEE – Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Perfume GeniusNo Shape (Matador Records)
  • 2018 – NOMINEE – Best Rock Album – Queens Of The Stone Age Villains (Matador Records)
  • 2018 – NOMINEE – Best Recording Package – The NationalSleep Well Beast (4AD)
  • 2018 – NOMINEE – Best Remixed Recording – The xx“A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)” (Young)
  • 2017 – NOMINEE – Best Rock Song – Radiohead“Burn The Witch” (XL Recordings)
  • 2017 – NOMINEE – Best Alternative Album – RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings)
  • 2017 – NOMINEE – Best Music Video – Jamie xx“Gosh” (Young)
  • 2017 – NOMINEE – Best Recording Package – Parquet CourtsHuman Performance (Rough Trade)
  • 2016 – NOMINEE – Best Dance/Electronic Album – Jamie xxIn Colour (Young)
  • 2015 – NOMINEE – Best Recording Package – FKA TwigsLP1 (Young)
  • 2014 – NOMINEE – Best Rock Performance – Queens Of The Stone Age“My God Is The Sun” (Matador)
  • 2014 – NOMINEE – Best Rock Album – Queens Of The Stone Age…Like Clockwork (Matador)
  • 2014 – WINNER – Best Alternative Album – Vampire WeekendModern Vampires Of The City (XL Recordings)
  • 2014 – NOMINEE – Best Alternative Album – The NationalTrouble Will Find Me (4AD)
  • 2010 – NOMINEE – Best Alternative Album – Vampire WeekendContra (XL Recordings)


    A2IM award winners



    • 2021 – Best Jazz Record – Gil-Scott Heron & Makaya McCraven – We’re New Again – A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven – (XL Recordings)
    • 2021 – Video Of The Year – FKA twigs – “Sad Day” – (Young)
    • 2020 – Album Of The Year – Big Thief – U.F.O.F – (4AD)
    • 2020 – Best Americana Album – Steve Gunn – The Unseen In Between – (Matador Records)
    • 2020 – Video Of The Year – FKA Twigs – “Cellophane” – (Young)
    • 2019 – Album Of The Year – Kamasi Washington – Heaven And Earth – (Young)
    • 2019 – Best Jazz Album – Kamasi Washington – Heaven And Earth – (Young)
    • 2019 – Best Reissue – Pixies – Come On Pilgrim…It’s Surfer Rosa – (4AD)
    • 2019 – Creative Packaging – Kamasi Washington – Heaven And Earth – (Young)
    • 2018 – Best Jazz Album – Kamasi Washington – The Harmony Of Difference – (Young)
    • 2018 – Best Rock Album – The National – Sleep Well Beast – (4AD)
    • 2018 – Best World Album – Ibeyi – Ash – (XL Recordings)
    • 2018 – Breakthrough Artist – Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe – (Rough Trade Record)
    • 2018 – Video Of The Year – Perfume Genius – “Die 4 U” – (Matador Records)
    • 2017 – Best Live Act – Radiohead – (XL Recordings)
    • 2017 – Marketing Genius – The xx – I See You – (Young)
    • 2017 – Video Of The Year, Fan Vote – Radiohead – “Daydreaming” – (XL Recordings)
    • 2016 – Into The Pit – Savages – (Matador Records)
    • 2016 – Shifting Beats – Jamie xx – Two Weeks (Young)
    • 2016 – Video Of The Year – Fan Vote Grimes – Kill V. Maim (4AD)
    • 2015 – Video Of The Year – FKA Twigs – Two Weeks (Young)
    • 2014 – Creative Packaging Award – Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze Deluxe LP (Matador Records) by Stephen Powers/ESPO



    Brit award winners



    • 2017 – Brits Global Success Award – Adele
    • 2016 – British Female Solo Artist – Adele
    • 2016 – British Single – Adele – “Hello”
    • 2016 – Mastercard British Album Of The Year – Adele – 25
    • 2016 – Global Success – Adele
    • 2013 – British Single – Adele
    • 2012 – British Female Solo Artist – Adele
    • 2012 – Mastercard British Album Of The Year – Adele
    • 2008 – Critic’s Choice Award – Adele
    • 2004 – Best British Dance Act – Basement Jaxx
    • 2013 – Best International Group – The White Stripes
    • 2002 – Best British Dance Act – Basement Jaxx
    • 1999 – Best British Newcomer – Belle & Sebastian
    • 1998 – Best British Dance Act – Prodigy
    • 1997 – Best British Dance Act – Prodigy




    AIM award winners



    • 2020 – International Breakthrough – Yaeji – (XL Recordings)
    • 2020 – Best (Difficult) Second Album – FKA Twigs, Magdalene – (Young)
    • 2017 – Independent Breakthrough Of The Year – Sampha – (Young)
    • 2017 – Independent Track Of The Year – The xx – “On Hold” – (Young)
    • 2016 – Best “Difficult” Second Album – Daughter- Not To Disappear (4AD)
    • 2016 – Independent Track Of The Year – Adele – Hello (XL Recordings)
    • 2016 – Pioneer Award – Richard Russell, XL Recordings
    • 2015 – Independent Track Of The Year – FKA Twigs – Two Weeks (Young)
    • 2015 – PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act – Jungle (XL Recordings)
    • 2014 – Pioneer Award – Martin Mills, Beggars Group
    • 2013 – Best “Difficult” Second Album – The xx – Coexist (Young)
    • 2013 – Independent Track Of The Year – Vampire Weekend – Diane Young (XL Recordings)
    • 2013 – Pioneer Award – Geoff Travis, Rough Trade
    • 2012 – PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act – Adele (XL Recordings)
    • 2012 – Independent Label Of The Year – 4AD
    • 2011 – Best “Difficult” Second Album – Adele – 21 (XL Recordings)
    • 2011 – Catalogue Release Of The Year – Matador At 21 – Various Artists (Matador)
    • 2011 – Independent Breakthrough Of The Year – SBTRKT (Young)
    • 2011 – PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act – Adele (XL Recordings)



    Mercury Prize winners



    • 2017 – Sampha – Process (Young)
    • 2010 – The xx – xx (Young)
    • 2005 – Antony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now (Rough Trade)
    • 2003 – Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner (XL Recordings)
    • 2000 – Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (XL Recordings)



    Polaris Prize winners



    • 2016 – Kaytranada – 99.9%
    • 2009 – Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life



    RIAA Certifications

    • ADELE19 – 3X PLATINUM – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELEChasing Pavements – 7X PLATINUM – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELEMake You Feel My LoveGOLD – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELERolling In The DeepGOLD – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELERolling In The Deep – 8X PLATINUM – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELERumor Has It – 2X PLATINUM – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELESet Fire To The Rain – 4X PLATINUM – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELESkyfallPLATINUM – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELESomeone Like You – 5X Platinum – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • ADELETurning TablesGOLD – XL Recordings/Columbia
    • GRIMESOblivionGOLD – 4AD
    • GRIMESGenesisGOLD – 4AD
    • HOUNDMOUTHSedonaGOLD – Rough Trade Records
    • INTERPOLAnticsGOLD – Matador Records
    • INTERPOLTurn On The Bright LightsGOLD – Matador Records
    • LIZ PHAIRExile In GuyvilleGOLD – Matador Records
    • LIZ PHAIRWhip SmartGOLD – Matador Records
    • M.I.A. – KALAGOLD – Intersope/XL Recordings
    • PIXIESDoolittlePLATINUM – 4AD
    • PIXIESSurfer RosaGOLD – 4AD
    • RADIOHEADA Moon Shaped PoolGOLD – XL Recordings
    • SIGUR ROSHeimaPLATINUM – XL Recordings
    • THE CULTElectricPLATINUM – Sire/Beggars Banquet
    • THE CULTLoveGOLD – Sire/Beggars Banquet
    • THE CULTSonic TemplePLATINUM – Sire/Beggars Banquet
    • THE XX – IntroGOLD – Young
    • THE XX – XXGOLD – Young
    • TYLER THE CREATORGoblinGOLD – XL Recordings
    • TYLER THE CREATORYonkersPLATINUM – XL Recordings
    • VAMPIRE WEEKENDA-PunkPLATINUM – XL Recordings
    • VAMPIRE WEEKENDContraGOLD – XL Recordings
    • VAMPIRE WEEKENDModern Vampires Of The CityGOLD – XL Recordings
    • VAMPIRE WEEKENDVampire WeekendPLATINUM – XL Recordings

    Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

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    • #438 BELLE AND SEBASTIANIf You’re Feeling Sinister (Matador)
    • #434 PAVEMENTCrooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador)
    • #423 YO LA TENGOI Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (Matador)
    • #421 MIAArular (XL Recordings)
    • #390 PIXIESSurfer Rosa (4AD)
    • #387 RADIOHEADIn Rainbows (XL Recordings)
    • #328 VAMPIRE WEEKENDModern Vampires Of The City (XL Recordings)
    • #293 THE BREEDERSLast Splash (4AD)
    • #276 RADIOHEADThe Bends (XL Recordings)
    • #273 GANG OF FOUREntertainment! (Matador)
    • #265 PAVEMENTWowee Zowee (Matador)
    • #245 COCTEAU TWINSHeaven Or Las Vegas (4AD)
    • #199 PAVEMENTSlanted and Enchanted (Matador)
    • #141 PIXIESDoolittle (4AD)
    • #137 ADELE21 (XL Recordings)
    • #56 LIZ PHAIRExile In Guyville (Matador)
    • #42 RADIOHEADOK Computer (XL Recordings)
    • #20 RADIOHEADKid A (XL Recordings)