Takeover Entertainment

Takeover Entertainment Ltd.
Private ownership,
Private limited company
Industry Music industry & Fashion
Genre Hip hop, alternative hip hop, alternative rock, R&B, soul, neo soul, electronic, post-dubstep, dubstep, grime
Founded 9 February 2006
Founder Archie Lamb & Jack Foster
Headquarters 64 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)
Products Entertainment
Total assets Increase £45.7 million (FY 2010)
Increase 50.8 million (FY 2010)
Increase US$73.8 million (FY 2010)
Owner Takeover Group
Number of employees
Divisions Star in the Hood
Subsidiaries Takeover/Cloud 9
Takeover Roc Nation

Takeover Entertainment is 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][3] It specializes in producing R&B, hip hop and electronic music.

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]


2006-2008: Formation

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]

2008-2010: Takeover/Cloud 9

Main article: Takeover/Cloud 9

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]

2010 – present: Takeover Roc Nation

Main article: Takeover Roc Nation

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]

Takeover Roster

Signed artists

ActYear signedTakeover AlbumsTakeover Roc Nation AlbumsReference
Jodie Connor20101[6]
Ria Ritchie2011[7]
Ruff Sqwad20111[8]

Managed artists

Act...............Year signedReference
Dot Rotten2011[9]


ActYear signedReference
Agent X2012[10]
Ayak Thiik2010[11]
David Dawood2010[12]
Jodie Connor2010[6]
Nathan Retro2010[13]


ActYear signedReference
Agent X2012[10]
David Dawood2010[12]
Dirty Danger2011[8]
Nathan Retro2010[13]
Prince Rapid2011[8]

DJ/Computer DJs

ActYear signedReference
Agent X2012[10]
David Dawood2010[12]
DJ Sir Spyro2011[14]
Nathan Retro2010[13]

Audio engineers

ActYear signedReference
Agent X2012[10]
David Dawood2010[12]
Dirty Danger2011[8]

Mixing/Mastering engineers

ActYear signedReference
Agent X2012[10]
Nathan Retro2010[13]
Prince Rapid2011[8]

Takeover Concerts and Tours


2011 Studio album single(s)

Jodie Connor - "Now or Never"
Tinchy Stryder - "Let It Rain"
Jodie Connor - "Bring It"
Tinchy Stryder - "Spaceship"
Dappy - "No Regrets"
Tinchy Stryder - "Off The Record"

2012 Studio album single(s)

Dappy - "Rockstar"
Tinchy Stryder - "Bright Lights"
Jodie Connor - "Take You There"
  • Released: Sunday 29 July 2012
  • Album: TBA
Dappy - "Come with Me"
  • Released: Sunday 12 August 2012
  • Album: Bad Intentions
Dappy - "Good Intentions"
  • Released: Sunday 16 September 2012 – Sunday 7 October 2012
  • Album: Bad Intentions
  • Record chart position: 12
Tinchy Stryder - "Help Me"
  • Released: Sunday 30 September 2012
  • Album: Full Tank
  • Record chart position: TBR

Upcoming studio album(s)

Dappy - "Bad Intentions"[15]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Jay-Z and Tinchy Stryder team up on Takeover Roc Nation". BBC News. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  2. "How I went from MP to king of grime (thanks to my dropout son and a £10,000 debt)". Daily Mail. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  3. "The star in the well-pressed hood". BBC News. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Tinchy team signs EMI joint venture deal". Music Week. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  5. "N-Dubz part ways with Def Jam Recordings: "we were never going to co-operate with them"". soulculture.co.uk. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  6. 1 2 3 "Jodie Connor (No 925)". The Guardian. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  7. Little, Sophie (26 August 2010). "Plan B and Jay-Z label backing for Ria Ritchie". BBC News. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 "Dirty Danger & Rapid - Collaborations-Streetwear". Boxfresh. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  9. "Introducing Dot Rotten". IhouseU.com. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 "Agent X - Biography". Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  11. "Future 50 Company-Jack foster". EDP24. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  12. 1 2 3 4 "NiceTalent-DJ-Roster-Dawood". NiceTalent.co.uk. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  13. 1 2 3 4 "Nike Air Max Lunar Zero Gravity with Mario Balotelli Background Music Lunar Riddim by MNEK and Nathan Retro". Zimbio.
  14. "Sir Spyro - July 2011 Mix". pitchcontrollers.blogspot.com. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  15. "Dappy wants Rihanna, Adele for next single 'Dare To Dream'". DigitalSpy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-29.

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