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Black Hole Recordings


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Black Hole Recordings B.V. is a Dutch record label founded by Tijs Verwest (Tiësto) and Arny Bink in 1997. The label is currently distributed by E1 Entertainment Distribution, known as Koch Entertainment Distribution until 22 January 2009. In August 2009, Tiësto decided to part ways with Black Hole Recordings, setting up the label Musical Freedom in association with Entertainment Group.

In late 1994, Tiësto signed to Basic Beat where he met Arny Bink, Tiësto released records on the sub-label Trashcan, founded by Arny, and later created the Guardian Angel sub-label with Arny in which they introduced the popular Forbidden Paradise series. In the fall of 1997, Bink and Tiësto decided to leave Basic Beat and create their own parent label, Black Hole Recordings, Trashcan was discontinued and Guardian Angel continued releasing music until 2002. Through Black Hole, Tiësto released the Magik series and also created two major sub-labels in 1997 and 1998; SongBird and In Trance We Trust, respectively. From 1998 to 1999 Tiësto released music on Planetary Consciousness where he met A&R Hardy Heller and invited him to release some records on Black Hole. Tiësto later included the In Search of Sunrise series on Songbird and opened a new division of Black Hole, Magik Muzik, which was established in 2001. Magik Muzik was the home of the major chart-topping songs by Tiësto, the sub-label began releasing exclusive material but has expanded since then.

In 1997 when the label was founded by Tiësto and Arny Bink it privately launched only Tiësto’s own productions and mixes. After the release of Magik One: First Flight and Space Age 1.0 Tiësto's fame began to rise and so did the label. In 1998, due to the success of the first two DJ Mix compilations, he and Arny decided to work with other deejays and released "In Trance We Trust 001" mixed by Misja Helsloot, which was one of the first commercially available trance compilations at that time. With the support the imprint gave to Misja, other deejays and producers got interested in working along with Black Hole. The label released the first DJ Mix compilations of many artists like DJ Stigma, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen, Mark Norman Cor Fijneman, DJ Montana, and Ton TB. As Tiësto released

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