In a statement this morning, the Portlanders/Alaskanites of Portugal. the Man have announced that they have inked a deal with Atlantic Records. Previously the band has released their own recordings via a distribution deal with Equal Vision Records, well, not any more...
We were approached by Atlantic Records about seven or eight months ago and as of a couple of days ago have made a decision to join their family, and let them into ours. This decision was not made based on one or two talks, or without other labels contacting us, but based on history of the label and the history of our band. Atlantic Records has been home to so many of our favorite artists and has done so many great things for these groups. You can go down the list: Rolling Stones, Crosby Stills and Nash (and Young), Ray Charles, Otis Redding, The Coasters… and so on until today. Oh yeah… Did I leave out that little group Led Zeppelin? When Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, passed away in 2007 FUCKING LED ZEPPELIN got back together to honor this man’s legacy. He had an ear for music that is not often found — one of a kind even. He created a movement; he created something massive that artists wanted to be a part of. He has been a huge part of all of our lives in some way or another whether you know it or not. His talent for hearing what was there, within these artists is very truly a gift. This is an enormous talent in itself. This is something I learned as we went about these meetings with labels and A&R people
If you have any questions about this, you can actually call the band and discuss it with them. In their new label home, Portugal. the Man will be joining such esteemed names as Flo Rida, Phil Collins, and Pretty Ricky (plus some actual talented bands as well). Congrats.
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