In news that shocked the label ranks, the Beastie Boys' label, Grand Royal, has
announced that it will cease to function. The demise of the label is surprising, as releases in
the last year had included At The Drive In's critically acclaimed Relationship Of
Command, and this year's summery beat treat Okeeblow from Chico groovers
Scapegoat Wax, featuring the hit radio single "Aisle 10 (Hello Alison)." Other
bands on the roster included Luscious Jackson, Sean Lennon, Ben
Lee and Beastie Boy Ad Rock's side project, BS 2000. No news as to
what will happen to these bands, but the music world is definitely in a worse place without a
quality indie label like Grand Royal in the mix. They will be sadly missed.
Mounting debts, decreasing assets and exceedingly harsh industry conditions
have forced the venerable Grand Royal label to close its doors. The
announcement came today that the label could no longer operate at its
"This is one of the most difficult decisions weíve ever had to make," said
co-founder Mike Diamond a/k/a Mike D of Beastie Boys. "Over the years the
Grand Royal family had grown to include some of the most talented musicians
and staff in the business. Itís tragic that the same growth has also
an overhead and infrastructure that can no longer viable."
Grand Royal was founded by Beastie Boys in 1993, the first release on the
label being Luscious Jacksonís now classic In Search Of Manny. Within a few
years, the label had gone from a public hobby to a full service operation,
with a roster featuring Atari Teenage Riot, Ben Lee, Sean Lennon, BS 2000
others, and Luscious Jacksonís Fever In, Fever Out being certified gold.
recently, Grand Royal releases At The Drive-Inís critically lauded
Relationship Of Command, which went on to sell nearly 1 million copies
"Our intentions were always simply to create a home for exciting music and
the people who were passionate about it," Diamond said. "It really sucks
we canít continue to do that."