eOne Music is Now MNRK Music Group
Entertainment One Music (eOne), the current label and/or management home of High on Fire, Crowbar, Black Label Society, Creeping Death, The Contortionist, Enterprise Earth, Avatar and a ton more — and host to countless other hallmark metal bands over the years — is now known as MNRK Music Group (pronounced “monarch”). eOne’s rock and metal imprint, eOne Heavy, has become MNRK Heavy.
The change comes as Hasbro, the toy company which absorbed the entirety of the eOne company for $4 billion in 2019, has spun off eOne Music to investment banking firm Blackstone for $385 million while holding on to the rest of eOne’s assets. At the time it was widely understood that Hasbro acquired eOne primarily for its children’s television library, including the massive Peppa Pig and PJ Masks franchises, so a sale of its music unit to another entity at this later juncture computes. The name change was a contractual requirement, as Hasbro will continue with its own music business.
Billboard reports that Chris Taylor, eOne Music’s chief executive since 2016, will continue as MNRK’s president and CEO, and the entire staff will transition along with him.
Outside of heavy music, MNRK’s current roster includes The Lumineers, Brandy, The Game, Blueface, Juicy J, Shovels & Rope, and Jonathan McReynolds, as well as the catalogues of Death Row Records and Dualtone Music Group. Its music publishing arm administers songs performed by Mariah Carey and Celine Dion as well as the Chuck Berry catalog.
On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, congrats to everyone at MNRK (as they say in metal media parlance, ex-eOne) on the move forward.