Glassnote Records
Founded2007 (2007)
FounderDaniel Glass
Distributor(s)The Orchard (worldwide)
Country of origin

Glassnote Records (also known as Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC) is a record label that was launched by American music executive Daniel Glass in 2007. The label primarily has a lineup of indie rock and alternative rock artists, most notably Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.[1] The label has also released music from popular artists in other genres, such as Chvrches, Childish Gambino and Secondhand Serenade. The label is distributed by The Orchard as of 2022. [2]


In 2009, the label released French indie rock band Phoenix's fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2010.[3] Phoenix went on to release Bankrupt! which won the 2014 Victoires de la Musique Rock Album of the Year. [4] The band also released Ti Amo in 2017 and Alpha Zulu in 2022.

In February 2011, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More became the label's highest charting album, peaking at #2. That same month, Mumford & Sons' single "The Cave" became the label's second Top 40 chart placement on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #27 (the first being "Fall for You" by Secondhand Serenade in 2008). The September 2012 release of the band's second album, Babel, gave the label its first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200 and the label's first album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Childish Gambino, the music project of actor and comedian Donald Glover,[5] signed with Glassnote Records in September 2011. Shortly after on November 15, 2011,[6] the label released its first hip hop album, Camp. On December 10, 2013, the label released his second studio album Because the Internet. On December 2, 2016, the label released his third studio album, Awaken, My Love!. The album received critical acclaim including being one of Clash (magazine)'s album of the year [7] and became certified Platinum on September 27, 2018. [8]

On February 13, 2014, it was revealed that Glassnote had signed a global distribution agreement with Universal Music Group,[9] excluding Australia/New Zealand (Liberator), and South Africa (Just Music).[10] The label was previously distributed by RED Distribution[11] in the US.

In 2020, Silvana Estrada became the first Latin American artist to sign with Glassnote Records. [12] In 2022, she released her first solo album, Marchita which received critical acclaim.[13] Estrada won the 2022 Latin GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist with Angela Alvarez at the 23rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards[14]

In 2021, Glassnote announced the creation of Connection Music Publishing to be led by Jackie Post.[15]

The name "Glassnote" is a play on the glasnot political reforms of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.[16]


In the April 28, 2011, issue of Rolling Stone, Glassnote was named Best Indie Label.[17]

Two albums released by the label have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of at least one million units: Sigh No More and Babel, both by Mumford & Sons.[18] Sigh No More, which has been certified triple-platinum for sales of three million copies, is the label's highest selling record.[18]

Four other albums have been certified gold for sales of 500,000 units: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix, Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons and Because the Internet and "Awaken, My Love!", both by Childish Gambino.[18]

Current roster

Former artists


See also


  1. ^ a b Winter Music Conference (2011). "WMC 2011 SCHEDULE PANELIST". Winter Music Conference. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Glassnote Inks Partnership With The Orchard for Distribution". Billboard.
  3. ^ Liz Colville (31 January 2010). "Phoenix Wins Grammy for Best Alternative Album". Spinner. AOL Inc. Archived from the original on 7 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Victoire de l'album rock pour Phoenix". Le Figaro. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  5. ^ Arjun (23 August 2011). "Childish Gambino Signs to Glassnote Records". Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  6. ^ Weber, Carly (9 April 2012). "Childish Gambino in Iowa City April 16". McClatchy - Tribune Business News. ProQuest 992866448.
  7. ^ "Clash Albums Of The Year 2016: 30 - 21". clashmusic. Clash Magazine. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  9. ^ Sisario, Ben (2014-02-13). "Universal Music Signs Deal With Label Behind Mumford & Sons". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  10. ^ "Universal announces wide-ranging distribution deal with Glassnote". Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  11. ^ "Glassnote Records Pacts with UMG". 13 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Mexican Singer-Songwriter Silvana Estrada Becomes First Latin Artist Signed To Glassnote Records: Exclusive". Griselda Flores. Billboard. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  13. ^ "Silvana Estrada lanza el album "Marchita"". Belem Dominguez Martinez. Grita Radio. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  14. ^ "2022 Latin GRAMMYs: Angel Alvarez & Silvana Estrada Tie for Latin GRAMMY For Best New Artist". Morgan Enos. Recording Academy's GRAMMY Awards. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  15. ^ "Jackie Post To Head Up Connection Music Publishing, New Company from Glassnote' Daniel Glass and Chris Scully". Jem Aswad. Variety. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  16. ^ "Interview with Daniel Glass". Interviews with Max Raskin. Retrieved 2023-03-01.
  17. ^, "Glassnote", April 28, 2011.
  18. ^ a b c "Gold & Platinum – RIAA: Glassnote Records". RIAA. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  19. ^ Lipshutz, Jason. "Chvrches Returns With Huge Single 'Over,' Island Records Deal & 'A New Lease on Life'". Billboard. Retrieved 25 February 2023.