Global job losses at iconic rock label as founder Cees Wessel departs

Iconic metal label Roadrunner Records, whose artists include Slipknot, Korn, Megadeth and Nickelback, shut its offices in the UK, Germany and Canada and Australia this week following the completion of its sale to Warner Music Group 17 months ago.

The label’s founder and CEO Cees Wessel will leave the company and around 36 staff are to be let go worldwide, Billboard reports.

In December, 2006, Warner Music acquired a majority stake in the label, which was set up in 1980 in the Netherlands by Cees Wessels. In November 2010, Warner bought the remainder of the business.

The label will retain its frontline functions such as A&R, marketing, promotion and publicity, but all back-office functions will go to Warner. The label will continue to have staff in every territory it operates in, however the founding Netherlands office will be closed.

Roadrunner’s roster of artists includes Nickelback, Megadeth, Korn, Killswicth Engage, Machine Head, Stone Sour, Steve Miller Band, Slipknot, Trivium, Underoath, Rush and Alexisonfire. In the UK, it is home to Kids In Glass Houses and Juliette Lewis.

The label has long been a pioneer of rock and metal music, and released early material from Metallica.