Monday, March 15, 2004

DUBLINERS FORCE CLOSURE OF OUTLET: After forty years, Belfast's Outlet Records is to close. Struggling in the new music world, the labels' fate was sealed when it lost a dispute with The Dubliners over mastertapes, racking up GBP900,000 in damages and a whole heap of legal costs.

The label's most unlikely artist was Pope John Paul II, whose Irish tour was converted into an album by the Outlet Team. It's believed to have been awarded the only Gold Disc ever earned by the head of the Catholic Church. John Paul never got round to recording a follow up, although he has indicated a willingness to replace Limahl in the newly reactivated KajaGooGoo, providing Nick Beggs tones down the religion a bit.

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