Takeover Entertainment

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Takeover Entertainment Ltd.
TypePrivate ownership,
Private limited company
IndustryMusic industry & Fashion
GenreHip hop, alternative hip hop, alternative rock, R&B, soul, neo soul, electronic, post-dubstep, dubstep, grime
FateDissolved 2013
Founded9 February 2006
FounderArchie Lamb & Jack Foster
Defunct22 October 2013 Edit this on Wikidata
Headquarters64 New Cavendish Street
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
European Union
United States
Key people
Kwasi Danquah III
(Chairman and A&R executive)
Archie Lamb
(President and CEO)
Jack Foster
(Vice President, COO and CFO)
Total assetsIncrease £45.7 million (FY 2010)
Increase 50.8 million (FY 2010)
Increase US$73.8 million (FY 2010)
OwnerTakeover Group
Number of employees
DivisionsStar in the Hood
SubsidiariesTakeover/Cloud 9
Takeover Roc Nation

Takeover Entertainment was a British entertainment company. The organization operates an independent record label, talent agency, a music production company, as well as its own music publishing house.[1] The company was founded in 2006 and is run by Kwasi Danquah III (known by his pseudonym Tinchy Stryder), Archie Lamb and Jack Foster.[2] It specializes in producing R&B, hip hop and electronic music. It was dissolved in October 2013[3]

The first person to be signed to Takeover Entertainment was English rapper and entrepreneur Tinchy Stryder. Success followed by Stryder becoming the biggest selling UK male artist of 2009 with his second studio album, Catch 22, which spawned hits, including "Take Me Back", and #1's "Never Leave You", and the N-Dubz collaboration "Number 1".[4]


The company was formed on Thursday 9 February 2006 by Archie Lamb and Jack Foster.[4] Then part-time promoters, the duo put on nightclubs in the United Kingdom that featured artists including Roll Deep and Lethal Bizzle.[4] Upon meeting Danquah in 2006 they branched out into management, and signed him to a record deal. The Star in the Hood clothing company was founded in the same year.[4]

In 2008 Takeover Entertainment, signed a joint venture with EMI Music Publishing to create the global music publishing company Takeover/Cloud 9, and enabled Takeover Entertainment to sign artists and songwriters and develop the signed artists and songwriters in partnership with EMI.[4]

In 2010 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Roc Nation signed a joint venture deal with Takeover Entertainment to create a European record label and entertainment company.[1] The new company was named Takeover Roc Nation.[1] Takeover Roc Nation is currently based in the United Kingdom, and distributes its record releases through Sony Music and partners with Live Nation for all other aspects of the business.[1]


Act Year signed Role Reference
Agent X 2012 Audio engineer, DJ, mixing or mastering engineer, producer, songwriter [5]
Ayak Thiik 2010 Songwriter [6]
Dappy 2011-2012 Signed artist [7]
David Dawood 2010 Audio engineer, DJ, producer, songwriter [8]
Dot Rotten 2011 Managed artist [9]
Dirty Danger 2011 Audio engineer, producer [10]
Jodie Connor 2010 Signed artist, songwriter [11]
Giggs 2010 Managed artist [11]
Nathan Retro 2010 DJ, mixing or mastering engineer, producer, songwriter [12]
Ria Ritchie 2011 Signed artist [13]
Ruff Sqwad 2011 Signed artist [10]
DJ Sir Spyro 2011 DJ [14]
Prince Rapid 2011 Mixing or mastering engineer, producer [10]

Concerts and tours[edit]

  • Rollercoaster Tour, November 2011 (United Kingdom)
  • The Rockstar Tour, December 2011 (United Kingdom)
  • Bad Intentions Tour, 2012



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  2. ^ "The star in the well-pressed hood". BBC News. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  3. ^ "TAKEOVER ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED - Filing history (free information from Companies House)". Archived from the original on 21 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tinchy team signs EMI joint venture deal". Music Week. 27 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Agent X - Biography". Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Future 50 Company-Jack foster". EDP24. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  7. ^ "N-Dubz part ways with Def Jam Recordings: "we were never going to co-operate with them"". soulculture.co.uk. 13 August 2011. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  8. ^ "NiceTalent-DJ-Roster-Dawood". NiceTalent.co.uk. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Introducing Dot Rotten". IhouseU.com. 14 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  10. ^ a b c "Dirty Danger & Rapid - Collaborations-Streetwear". Boxfresh. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Jodie Connor (No 925)". The Guardian. 7 December 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Nike Air Max Lunar Zero Gravity with Mario Balotelli Background Music Lunar Riddim by MNEK and Nathan Retro". Zimbio. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  13. ^ Little, Sophie (26 August 2010). "Plan B and Jay-Z label backing for Ria Ritchie". BBC News. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Sir Spyro - July 2011 Mix". pitchcontrollers.blogspot.com. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Dappy wants Rihanna, Adele for next single 'Dare To Dream'". DigitalSpy.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.

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