|Formation||12 June 1986|
The Union of Independent French Phonographic Producers (French : Union des Producteurs Phonographiques Français Indépendants; UPFI) is a trade organisation that brings together independent record labels and music distributors in France. Its headquarters are based in the nation's capital Paris.
French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.
Independent music is music produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. The term indie is sometimes used to describe a genre, and as a genre term, "indie" may include music that is not independently produced, and many independent music artists do not fall into a single, defined musical style or genre and create self-published music that can be categorized into diverse genres. The term ‘indie’ or ‘independent music’ can be traced back to as early as the 1920’s after it was first used to reference independent film companies but was later used as a term to classify an independent band or record producer.
A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, while also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists, and maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information. Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels also provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets.
Founded on 12 June 1986 as the Professional Association of Independent Phonographic Producers (French : Association Professionelle des Producteurs Phonographiques Indépendants; APPI), the organisation changed the terms of its original statutes during its extraordinary general meeting of 8 June 1993. It was during the same meeting that the organisation changed its name to the UPFI.
An extraordinary general meeting, commonly abbreviated as EGM, is a meeting of members of an organisation, shareholders of a company, or employees of an official body that occurs at an irregular time. The term is usually used where the group would ordinarily hold an annual general meeting (AGM) but where an issue arises that requires the input of the entire membership and is too serious or urgent to wait until the next AGM. Members and/or shareholders must be informed of the purpose of the EGM so that they may attend in a position where they can discuss and exercise intelligent judgment, or else any resolutions passed are invalid.
In its current constitution, the UPFI says its current objectives are:
The UPFI is currently headed by its president Vincent Frèrebeau, who was elected during an annual general meeting held on 5 June 2014.He took over from Stephan Bourdoiseau, who headed the organisation from June 2004 to June 2008, and had taken over from Frèrebeau himself in June 2010 for a second term.
An annual general meeting is a meeting of the general membership of an organization.
The UPFI currently represents 78 independent record labels and music distributors within and outside France.
Actes Sud is a French publishing house based in Arles. It was founded in 1978 by author Hubert Nyssen. By 2013, the company, then headed by Nyssen's daughter, Françoise Nyssen, had an annual turnover of 60 million euros and 60 staff members.
Because Music is an independent record label with headquarters in Paris and London. Because Music SAS is the main label, with Because Music Ltd handling the British artist roster.
Delphine Records or Delphine Productions is a French record label, founded in 1976 by French composer Paul de Senneville and his partner Olivier Toussaint
The administrative council (conseil d'administration) currently has 18 members, who are the heads of 18 of the 78 members of the organisation. The council's current members are:
The UPFI has been headed by five different presidents since June 1993.
The UPFI awards certifications at the request of each phonographic society. The submission of a certification is subject to a sales threshold, which must be certified by the organisation's accounting firm after audits with the label. As of 1 July 2009, the certification criteria is as follows:
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Louise Attaque is a French chanson/folk rock group founded in 1994. Several of the group's albums were produced by Gordon Gano, lead singer of Violent Femmes, a band whom Louise Attaque often cites as an influence and for whom their own band is named. The band is signed to the Atmosphériques record label.
"Boom Boom Boom" is a 1995 song by the American hip house duo The Outhere Brothers from their debut album 1 Polish, 2 Biscuits & a Fish Sandwich.
Tôt ou tard is an independent French record label. It was founded in 1996 as a break-off from Warner Music Group, and turned independent in 2002. The name of the label can be translated as "Sooner or later" in French. Vincent Frèrebeau heads the label, which has about thirty bands and artists signed to it. In September 2018, Wagram Music sold a 49% stake in Tôt ou tard to Believe Digital.
Mathieu Boogaerts, is a French singer-songwriter.
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Jeanne Cherhal is a French singer-songwriter.
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Toby Dammit, is an American producer, composer and percussionist. He has often been credited as Larry Mullins, his adopted name. He is mostly known for his work with Iggy Pop, Swans, The Residents, Iggy and The Stooges and Silver Apples. In 2015 he began performing live as multi-keyboardist with Nick Cave and continues performing with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds during their world tour for the album Skeleton Tree. He stars as the big band drummer Willy Schuricke in the German cable series Babylon Berlin.
Selah Sue is the eponymous debut album of Belgian musician and songwriter Selah Sue, released on 4 March 2011 in Belgium. It has peaked to number one on the Belgium Albums Chart, and has also charted in the Netherlands, France, Poland and Switzerland. The album has sold more than 720,000 copies to date, and has been certified double platinum by the UPFI in France.
Django Django is the debut album by British art rock band Django Django. The album was released on 30 January 2012 in the United Kingdom via Because Music, and charted on the UK Albums Chart at #33. In 2014 it was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association, which indicated sales of at least 75,000 copies throughout Europe.
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L is the stage name of Raphaële Lannadère, a French singer-songwriter, born 23 February 1981.
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Olivier Mellano is a French musician, composer, improvisator, writer and a guitarist who has played in more than fifty groups since the beginning of the nineties. He alternatively works on pop-rock projects and on compositions including symphonic orchestra,17 electric guitars, harpsichord, organ, voice or string quartet.
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Idées blanches is the debut album of French singer-songwriter Vianney. The album was released in France on 20 October 2014 by Tôt ou tard and was released in Europe on 21 August 2015 by Island Records. A 2 CD Deluxe edition was also published on 20 December 2015, the first CD containing the original titles of the debut album and additionally the track "Lean On" a cover of Major Lazer x DJ Snake and two remixes, Skydancers Remix for "Veronica" and Antoine Essertier Remix for "Aux débutants de l'amour". The second CD is separately titled Idées blanches - Les acoustiques containing acoustic renditions of the debut album titles. The album charted on the French Albums Chart peaking at number 30.
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