Ghostpoet Signs to Play It Again Sam for The World

Artist to Record Sophomore Album Over Summer

Critically acclaimed British artist Ghostpoet has signed a worldwide deal with Play it Again Sam.

The agreement will see Play It Again Sam working closely with Ghostpoet on all areas of artists development, with a sophomore album chalked for release in 2013.  Recording will begin over summer, with some exciting collaborations in the pipeline.

Originally signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, Ghostpoet’s first album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2011.

Ghostpoet, real name Obaro Ejimiwe, went on to sell out London’s KOKO venue earlier this year and is midway through a European tour. Festivals he’ll be performing at this summer include: Lounge In The Farm, Parklife Weekender, Beach Break, Summer Sunday, Soundwave, Green Man, Beacons, Pukkelpop and Kendal Calling.

Said Peter Thompson, MD [PIAS] UK: It’s an exciting time over at  [PIAS] and we are happy to announce another great signing to the Play It Again Sam roster namely ‘Ghostpoet’.

Obaro (Ghostpoet) is a unique artist at the top of his game. He first came to our attention with his inspiring debut on Brownswood Records and after listening to this nonstop for months and then seeing how well it translates to the live arena, we desperately wanted to work with him more closely and are all eager to hear the music, and work on the campaign that will make up his first album for Play It Again Sam. The album is not going to come out till early 2013 but already we can sense that it will be an important album for the label, an important album for the artist and, excitingly, an important album for British music.”

Commented Ghostpoet: “It’s lovely to sign to Play It Again Sam, I’m hoping together we can push my career in a forward direction and bring happiness to ears around the world.”


Editorial Notes

  • Ghostpoet is working on recording his second album, this summer, for release in early 2013.


  • This summer Ghostpoet is touring Europe, performing at over 20 festivals. For a full list of his tour dates, please see the list below.



16/05/12 – Botanique at Chapiteau (Brussels, Belgium)

19/05/12 – Liverpool Sound City at Kazimier (Liverpool, UK)

25/05/12 – Villa Inrock (Cannes, France)

26/05/12 – Art Rock Festival (St-Brieuc, France)

02/06/12 – Titanic Lockdown (Belfast, UK)

03/06/12 – Hay Festival (Hay-On-Wye, UK)

09/06/12 – MIT Festival (Rome, Italy)

10/06/12 – Parklife Weekender (Manchester, UK)

11/06/12 – PIAS Nite at Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

15/06/12 – Golden Down Festival (Winchester, UK)

16/06/12 – Beach Break Live (Wales, UK)

22/06/12 – Gebäude 9 (Cologne, Germany)

29/06/12 – Mostly Jazz Festival (Birmingham, UK)

30/06/12 – LeeFest (London, UK)

01/07/12 – Dinefwr Literature festival (UK)

08/07/12 – Nova Festival (Pulborough, UK)

20/07/12 – Soundwave Festival (Zadar, Croatia)

27/07/12 – Kendal Calling (Lake District, UK)

03/08/12 – Y-NOT Festival (Peak District, UK)

05/08/12 – Castlepalooza (Tullamore, Ireland)

10/08/12 – Mifest (Llay, UK)

11/08/12 – Dockville Festival (Hamburg, Germany)

16/08/12 – Pukkelpop Festival (Hasselt, Belgium)

17/08/12 – Summer Sundae (Leicester, UK)

18/08/12 – Beacons Festival (UK)

19/08/12- Green Man Festival (Glanusk Park, UK)

25/08/12 – Tauron Nowas Muzyka Festival (Katowice, Poland)


About [PIAS]

[PIAS] is Europe’s leader in the provision of specialist services for the licensing, distribution, sales and marketing of music, film and comedy on an international basis. [PIAS] is dedicated to providing repertoire creators and owners with specialist, premium level services that enable them to develop and maximise the value associated with their artists, products and brands.

Originally founded in 1982 and headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, [PIAS] supplies a range of highly professional services for leading repertoire owners across both physical and digital routes to market. The group has significant operations in UK, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Ireland. In addition [PIAS] has interests in USA and Australia plus an extensive international network of partners that enables it to offer its services on a truly global basis.

[PIAS] also owns premium repertoire and rights through its [PIAS] Recordings stable of labels that includes Different and Play It Again Sam imprints. Additional interests include [PIAS] Comedy and the Strictly Confidential publishing operations and joint venture film company Twin Pics.

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