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One of the music industry’s most influential figures, Miles Copeland’s career in management stretches back almost 40 years to when he put together a group of go-go dancers in Beirut. In London in the 1970s, he represented Wishbone Ash, Joan Armatrading and all sides of progressive rock until he jumped ship, landed in the turbulent ocean of punk, and worked with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Blondie, etc.
In 1978, he became the manager for his brother Stewart’s band, The Police, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. The success of The Police and the novel methods used to break them brought Miles to found I.R.S. Records. In the next few years, the company had hits with REM, The Buzzcocks, The Beat, The Cramps, Fine Young Cannibals Wall of Voodoo, Timbuk 3, and a number one album with the all-girl group, The Go-Gos.
He continued to manage Sting (solo) through seven blockbuster albums,along with The Bangles, Squeeze. He introduced Sting to Algerian Raï singer, Cheb Mami, in 1999. Their collaboration bloomed with “Desert Rose” whose worldwide success was attributed to Miles’ innovative corporate deal with Jaguar. Miles currently owns and operates CIA – Copeland International Arts, which is comprised of a record company, music publishing and merchandise company with worldwide deal with Universal Music Group Distribution and the emphasis is on World dance music.