Beggars Group 2000-2014

Now housing four of the most recognisable independent record labels – 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade and XL Recordings – The Beggars Group in the last decade has gone from strength to strength, not only confirming their position as one of the largest independent groups of labels in the world, but also, by allowing their artists the time to develop, affording them freedom and support, releasing the best the decade had to offer.


About

With origins stemming from the Beggars Banquet record shops in London, whose first branch opened in 1973 in Earls Court, the label was born in 1977 with the 7” release of the ‘Free Admission Single’ by The Lurkers.

Over thirty-five successful years of trading later and still run by founder Martin Mills, Beggars Banquet has since graduated to the Beggars Group, home to four of the most recognizable independent record labels around – 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade and XL Recordings. Each one is run independently of the other, with the Beggars Group owning 50% stakes in each except 4AD, which it now fully owns.

With its own worldwide network in place, unique in the independent sector, the Group now has three offices in London (two of which also house recording studios), two in the US (New York and Los Angeles), and a dedicated office in every major territory. The company has also been actively involved in helping to promote the collective interests of the sector, proud to be founding members of the Association of Independent Music (UK) in 1999, IMPALA(Europe) in 2000, A2IM (USA), and most recently the Worldwide Independent Network, each of which represent the interests of the independent music industry. The Beggars Group are also active members of Merlin, the independents’ rights licensing body.

In its life, the Group has had the privilege to release music from the diverse likes of Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anthony & The Johnsons, Ariel Pink, The Associates, Badly Drawn Boy, Basement Jaxx, Bauhaus, Beck, Beirut, Bon Iver, Biffy Clyro, The Birthday Party, The Breeders, British Sea Power, Buffalo Tom, David Byrne, Cat Power, The Charlatans, Chrome, Cocteau Twins, Cornershop, The Cult, Dead Can Dance, Deerhunter, Dizzee Rascal, The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Giggs, Grimes, PJ Harvey, The Hold Steady, The Horrors, The Libertines,The Lurkers, Mercury Rev, M.I.A., Interpol, The National, Nico, Gary Numan, Pavement, Pixies, The Prodigy, Purity Ring, Queens of the Stone Age, The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Red House Painters, Lou Reed, Saint Etienne, Savages, The Strokes, St. Vincent, This Mortal Coil, Tune-Yards, TV On The Radio, Vampire Weekend, Scott Walker, Warpaint, Jack White, The White Stripes, Wiley, The xx and Yo La Tengo, among countless others.

Most notable achievements for the Group in recent years include the XL (UK)-released albums from Adele, 19 and 21; both worldwide smashes with the latter being the most successful album globally this millennium. The Group has also achieved three Number One albums in the US in recent years (Vampire Weekend twice and Queens of the Stone Age), a rare feat for an independent label.


Key Releases 2000-2013

2000
  • The Avalanches – Since I Left You (XL Recordings)
  • Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (XL Recordings)
  • Cat Power – The Covers Record (Matador)
  • Lemon Jelly – Lemonjelly.ky (XL Recordings)
  • Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (Matador)
2001
  • Basement Jaxx – Rooty (XL Recordings)
  • David Axelrod – David Axelrod (Mo’ Wax / XL)
  • The Strokes – Is This It (Rough Trade)
  • The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (XL Recordings)
2002
  • Badly Drawn Boy – About A Boy OST / Have You Fed The Fish? (XL Recordings)
  • Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights (Matador)
  • Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons (XL Recordings)
  • The Libertines – Up The Bracket (Rough Trade)
2003
  • Cat Power – You Are Free (Matador)
  • Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner (XL Recordings)
  • Electric Six – Fire (XL Recordings)
  • The Strokes – Room On Fire (Rough Trade)
  • The White Stripes – Elephant (XL Recordings)
2004
  • Arcade Fire – Funeral (Rough Trade)
  • Biffy Clyro – Infinity Land (Beggars Banquet)
  • Dizzee Rascal – Showtime (XL Recordings)
  • Interpol – Antics (Matador)
  • The Libertines – The Libertines (Rough Trade)
  • The Prodigy – Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (XL Recordings)
2005
  • Anthony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now (Rough Trade)
  • Babyshambles – Down In Albion (Rough Trade)
  • Basement Jaxx – The Singles (XL Recordings)
  • M.I.A. – Arular (XL Recordings)
  • The Prodigy – Their Law (XL Recordings)
  • The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan (XL Recordings)
2006
  • Beirut – Gulag Orkestar (4AD)
  • Cat Power – The Greatest (Matador)
  • Scott Walker – The Drift (4AD)
  • The Strokes – First Impressions Of Earth (Rough Trade)
  • Thom Yorke – The Eraser (XL Recordings)
2007
  • Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English (XL Recordings)
  • M.I.A. – Kala (XL Recordings)
  • The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows (XL Recordings)
  • The White Stripes – Icky Thump (XL Recordings)
2008
  • Adele – 19 (XL Recordings)
  • Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (4AD)
  • British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)
  • Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires (XL Recordings)
  • Monkey – Monkey (XL Recordings)
  • TV On The Radio – Dear Science (4AD)
  • Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings)
2009
  • Anthony And The Johnsons – The Crying Light (Rough Trade)
  • The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love (4AD)
  • Emiliana Torrini – Me And Armini (Rough Trade)
  • The Horrors – Primary Colours (XL Recordings)
  • Sonic Youth – The Eternal (Matador)
  • Various Artists – Dark Was The Night (4AD)
  • The xx – XX (Young Turks / XL Recordings)
2010
  • Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (XL Recordings)
  • The National – High Violet (4AD)
  • Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL Recordings)
  • Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill (4AD)
  • M.I.A. – /\/\ /\ Y /\ (XL Recordings)
2011
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver (4AD/Jagjaguwar)
  • Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)
  • Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here (XL Recordings)
  • The Horrors – Skying (XL Recordings)
  • SBTRKT– SBTRKT (XL Recordings)
  • St.Vincent – Strange Mercy (4AD)
  • tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l (4AD)
  • Tyler, The Creator – Goblin (XL Recordings)
2012
  • Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery (Hot Charity/XL Recordings)
  • Cat Power – Sun (Matador)
  • Grimes – Visions (4AD)
  • Howler – America Give Up (Rough Trade)
  • Purity Ring – Shrines (4AD)
  • Twin Shadow – Confess (4AD)
  • Scott Walker – Bish Bosch (4AD)
  • Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL Recordings)
  • The xx – Coexist (Young Turks / XL Recordings)
2013
  • Atoms For Peace – AMOK (XL Recordings)
  • Darkside – Psychic (Matador)
  • Daughter – If You Leave (4AD/Glassnote)
  • King Krule – Six Feet Beneath The Moon (True Panther)
  • The National – Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador)
  • Savages – Silence Yourself (Matador)
  • Sigur Ros – Kveikur (XL Recordings)
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City (Xl Recordings)
  • Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
  • Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)

Grammy® award winners

  • 2013 Best Alternative Music Album Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City (XL Recordings)

Mercury Music Prize Winners

  • 2000 Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (XL Recordings)
  • 2003 Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner (XL Recordings)
  • 2005 Anthony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now (Rough Trade)
  • 2010 The xx – xx (Young Turks)

Polaris Prize winners

  • 2009 Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life

End Of Decade Polls (2000-2009)

The Times
  • 3. Radiohead – In Rainbows (XL, 2007)

  • 6. The Strokes – Is This It (Rough Trade, 2001)

  • 8. The White Stripes – Elephant (XL, 2003)

  • 18. M.I.A – Kala (XL, 2007)

  • 27. Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English (XL, 2007)

  • 28. Cat Power – The Greatest (Matador, 2006)

  • 31. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (XL, 2001)

  • 35. Arcade Fire – Funeral (Rough Trade, 2006)

  • 49. The Libertines – Up The Bracket (Rough Trade, 2002)

  • 66. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (4AD, 2008)

  • 74. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers (XL, 2006)

  • 77. The XX – The XX (Young Turks, 2009)

  • 81. The Horrors – Primary Colours (XL, 2009)

  • 82. Holy Fuck – Holy Fuck (Young Turks, 2008)

  • 83. Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires (XL, 2008)

  • 87. Gruff Rhys – Candylion (Rough Trade, 2008)

  • 88. Saint Etienne – Finisterre (Mantra, 2002)

  • 96. M. Ward – The Transfiguration of Vincent (Matador, 2003)

PITCHFORK BEST OF 00s TOP 50
  • 2. Arcade Fire – Funeral (Rough Trade, 2006)

  • 7. The Strokes – Is This It (Rough Trade, 2001)

  • 10. The Avalanches – Since I Left You (XL, 2001)

  • 12. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (XL, 2001)

  • 16. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise (Rough Trade, 2005)

  • 20. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights (Matador, 2001)

  • 21. Radiohead – In Rainbows (XL, 2007)

  • 22. M.I.A – Kala (XL, 2007)

  • 29. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (4AD, 2008)

  • 31. TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain (4AD, 2006)

  • 33. Basement Jaxx – Rooty (XL, 2001)

  • 37. Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (Matador, 2000)

  • 40. The National – Alligator (Beggars Banquet, 2005)

  • 49. Antony & The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now (Rough Trade, 2005)

  • 50. Deerhunter – Microcastle (4AD, 2008)

NME
  • 1. The Strokes – Is This It (Rough Trade, 2001)

  • 2. The Libertines – Up The Bracket (Rough Trade, 2002)

  • 7. Arcade Fire – Funeral (Rough Trade, 2006)

  • 8. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights (Matador, 2001)

  • 10. Radiohead – In Rainbows (XL, 2007)

  • 17. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise (Rough Trade, 2005)

  • 18. The White Stripes – Elephant (XL, 2003)

  • 19. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (XL, 2001)

  • 24. The Libertines – The Libertines (Rough Trade, 2004)

  • 26. Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner (XL, 2003)

  • 29. Super Furry Animals – Rings Around The World (XL, 2001)

  • 35. Babyshambles – Down in Albion (Rough Trade, 2005)

  • 42. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL, 2008)

  • 45. The Avalanches – Since I Left You (XL, 2001)

  • 46. Delgados – The Great Eastern (Mantra, 2000)

  • 50. M.I.A – Arular (XL, 2005)