Innervision Records

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Innervision Records
Founded 1981
Founder Mark Dean
Distributor(s) CBS Records
Genre Pop
Country of origin United Kingdom

Innervision Records was an independent record label distributed by CBS Records. The label was established around 1981 by Mark Dean and Shamsi Ahmed which included Wham! on their artist roster, who scored four top-ten hits while signed to Innervision. Also signed to the label were Jimmy The Hoover who had a top 20 hit with "Tantalise," and the groups Animal Nightlife, The Promise, Girl Talk and Space Monkey. Innervision released its final single in 1985, by which time the label's records were being distributed by EMI.

Legal disputes

In 1984, Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! became conscious of legal problems with their initial contract at Innervision. While the legal battle raged, Innervision released a medley of non-single tracks from album Fantastic, entitled "Club Fantastic Megamix". Wham! publicly denounced the release and urged fans not to buy it. After all the legal wrangling, Innervision admitted there were royalty discrepancies with Wham!'s contract, and it was nullified as part of a legal compromise with CBS Records.<ref name=TMLR1995>Coulthard, Alan (1995). "George Michael v Sony Music – A Challenge to Artistic Freedom?". The Modern Law Review. 58 (5): 731–744. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.1995.tb02047.x. </ref> The fall-out of this led to the bankruptcy and eventual dissolution of Innervision altogether in 1985.[citation needed]

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