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Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, North Carolinamarker. It was founded in 1989 by Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance; it began as a way to release music from their band Superchunk and music created by friends.

History

The first Merge full-length release came on April 1, 1992 with MRG020 Superchunk - Tossing Seeds, the band's first collection of singles.

The label's first album to reach the USA Billboard 200 was the Arcade Fire's Funeral, a 2004 release. Arcade Fire then gave the label its highest-charting release with their follow-up, Neon Bible, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.

In February 2009 it was announced that Touch and Go Records would no longer manufacture and distribute records for Merge and other labels; Merge had been "under the Touch and Go umbrella" ever since its release of Tossing Seeds.

In September 2009, Algonquin Paperbacks will release Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, a book chronicling the label's history.

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References

  1. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/May/08/il/il22p.html
  2. http://prod1.cmj.com/articles/display_article.php?id=32547263
  3. http://wknc.org/blog/post/2333/pitchfork-says-touch-and-go-records-will-stop-releasing-new-music/
  4. http://blogs.newsobserver.com/beat/the-record-business-implosion-is-touch-and-go
  5. http://www.ournoisethebook.com/
  6. http://mergerecords.com/news.php?month=Jan+2009#427
  7. http://www.mergerecords.com/store/store_detail.php?catalog_id=600&link=sidebarLink-home


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