The Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos will now release music through New York-based Motown Records and Los Angeles-based Capitol Records.
The move is an extension of Atlanta-based Quality Control Music’s (QCM) joint venture with Capitol Record’s parent Capitol Music Group (CMG), a wholly owned division of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Universal Music Group.
The Migos’ — Quavo, Takeoff and Offset — second album through QCM, Culture, recently debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts. The single “Bad and Boujee” also landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on Jan. 21.
“This is a very exciting time for QC and Migos,” QCM co-founder and CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas said in a statement. “We have been independently building our brand, and though our partnership with Motown/Capitol they have shown us that this is the right home to take our business to a global platform.”
Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam said the Migos’ move will strengthen Motown’s relationship with Pierre and QCM co-founder Chief Operating Officer Kevin “Coach K” Lee as they bring their franchise players, Migos, under the umbrella of the QCM partnership with Motown/Capitol.
“The members of Migos are true artists who are representing and driving youth culture as they break boundaries with their music,” Habtemariam said in a statement. “Less than two years ago, we began our relationship with QC because we believed in them and were aligned in a mission and purpose to propel our culture to a global market – and we are doing just that.”
CMG’s Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett said the group is a true phenomenon with a growing legion of fans that are propelling the group to unprecedented heights.
“We’re thrilled that our partnership with Quality Control is growing stronger by the day and that Coach K and Pee feel the benefits of CMG’s involvement in fulfilling their collective vision,” he said in a statement. “…We welcome Quavo, Takeoff and Offset as members of the CMG family, and we’re going to do everything we can to help them achieve their bold and creative ambitions as we take their music to the world.”
Lee said Barnett, Habtemariam and their teams push their artists’ visions front and center.
“It’s a creative and proactive alliance that always keeps the goals of QC in mind,” he said in a statement. Yes, I’m ready to conquer the world.”
QCM was formed in March 2013 by Thomas and Lee, who have developed a roster of talent from Atlanta. The company has a radio and promotions staff, as well as publishing and management divisions. It entered into a joint venture with CMG in 2015.
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