Ministry of Sound the record label was first established in 1995 with the release of The Annual, a compilation album of various dance music tracks mixed by UK DJs Boy George and Pete Tong. The Annual went on to sell over 160,000 copies and paved the way for a now-global label with over 50 million dance albums and singles sold to date, award winning music videos from artists like Eric Prydz and Benny Benassi and continuing sales of over 4 million copies per annum. Ministry of Sound remains an independent label, and continues to deliver albums and singles via its compilation brands including The Annual, Clubber's Guide and Anthems.
Imprint label Data Records, created to house Ministry of Sound’s more commercial dance music single releases, enjoyed a string of number 1, Top 5 and Top 10 hits across the globe since its inception in 1999, including Eric Prydz's 'Pjanoo', Kid Cudi vs Crookers' 'Day 'n' Nite', Example's 'Kickstarts' and Sidney Samson's 'Riverside – Let’s Go!', before being renamed Ministry of Sound Recordings and enjoying chart success with Alex Gaudino, Tim Berg and Wretch 32.
2011 has been our strongest year yet, with no less than FOUR Number 1 singles (DJ Fresh 'Louder', Wretch 32 'Don't Go' and Example's smash hits 'Changed The Way You Kiss Me' and 'Stay Awake'), a Number 1 album (Example's 'Playing In The Shadows') and a Number 4 album (Wretch 32's 'Black And White'). And with fresh signings to the books including Pnau, Hadouken!, DJ Fresh and Wolfgang Gartner and albums coming in 2012 from Pnau, Hadouken! and Yasmin, stay tuned for another huge year for Ministry of Sound Recordings!