Milan Records: 31 Years And Counting…

April 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA – 31 years ago, enthusiasm for films and adamant passion for the music that accompanies them brought to life a record label that would establish itself as a leading figure and key reference in the film music world. Fast-forward three decades and 365 odd days, and you’ll still find a bubbly and energetic young company with offices in Paris and Los Angeles, CA.

“Milan Records has always been very committed to bringing the best of the film and music worlds together,” explains Jean-Christophe Chamboredon, Chief Operating Officer of Milan Records in the United States and son of the founder. “Our uncompromising quest for quality and excellence enabled us to work with some of the greatest artists this industry has seen.”

Academy Award winners Maurice Jarre, Mychael Dana, Clint Eastwood, and Jan Kaczmarek represent only a small number of the artists that have left their imprint on Milan’s rich history. In addition to well-established composers, lesser-known artists have seen dramatic career changes once the music label had released their album; Javier Navarrete, composer of the Academy Award nominated soundtrack to Pan’s Labyrinth, being probably one of the most prominent examples.

In 2010 again, Milan Records boasts an ambitious and impressive slate of new releases. Earlier this year, the company released soundtrack albums to the cult Korean film Oldboy, to the mountaineering drama North Face and to the film adaptation of the best selling book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

“We are particularly thrilled about our forthcoming 2010 releases,” says Stefan Karrer, Executive Album Producer at Milan Records. “We have three very powerful albums to exceptional films. No One Knows about Persian Cats won the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival; Micmacs is Jean-Pierre Jeunet new fantasy work expected to mesmerize audiences as did his film Amelie; and The Secret in their Eyes, Academy Award winner of Best Foreign Language Film, is a thrilling piece with a gorgeous orchestral score, a real treat for music lovers.” Later this year, Milan will also release the follow up soundtrack albums to the Showtime series Dexter and the soundtrack album to the widely acclaimed film Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin.

Even though Milan Records is still releasing all of its soundtrack albums physically in Europe and in the rest of the world, the company had to adapt its way of making business in the United States.

“It is obvious that the past few years have been difficult for the music industry in general, and the soundtrack world in particular. The economics of the marketplace have changed dramatically and the problems are particularly serious in the US,” explains Nick Bobetsky, Senior Vice-President. “The transition from physical product to digital downloads made us rethink the way we do business. We have become much more careful and focused when it comes to physical product.”

Despite the changes, Jean-Christophe Chamboredon is confident about the future of the company and the soundtrack business. “We have come a long way and as long as there is music in films, Milan will have its place in this world.”

The Secret in Their Eyes is scheduled for a digital release on 4/13/10 with the CD coming out on 5/25/10.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had a CD release on 3/25/10

North Face had a digital release only on 3/11/10

Look for great things from this company in the future.


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