Mute Records, founded by Daniel Miller in 1978, is an independent label again. Eight years ago it was acquired by EMI Group after a long partnership.
Today it was announced that Daniel Miller will continue the Mute brand as a new label including most of the artists. A major part of the back catalogue will be licence back to Mute again. Unfortunately great bands like Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Kraftwerk, White Rabbits and Richard Hawley stay with EMI and leave Mute.
Mute and EMI will also work together in the future as Daniel Miller will be an A&R advisor at EMI and EMI will support Mute in issues like royalty administration and business affairs etc.