Chrysalis Group was a UK media company that was founded by Chris Wright, chairman, and Terry Ellis. Wright was named in Sunday Times Rich List 2009 of the 1,000 richest persons in the UK. Previously having interests in television, books and radio, Chrysalis now operates a focuses on the areas of music publishing, music recording, artist management and entertainment product distribution. The music branch includes The Hit Label, Echo and Papillon Records.
The television arm was sold to All3Media in 2003. Chrysalis Records was sold to EMI in 1991, Chrysalis' song publishing was acquired by BMG Rights Management in September 2010. Universal Music Group absorbed EMI in 2012. The record label was then bought by the Warner Music Group. They in turn sold the Chrysalis Books Group to Anova Books, including the imprints Batsford and Robson Books, in 2005. In 2007, Chrysalis Radio was sold for £170 million to Global Radio.
Ownership of the Chrysalis past recordings is now split between UMG's Capitol Records for the US catalog and Blue Raincoat Music for the non-US catalog (including past releases by Suzi Quatro, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Athlete and Fun Lovin' Criminals). Blue Raincoat Music bought Chrysalis from Warner Music in May 2016.
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