Real World Records

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Real World Records
Real World Records Logo
Founded1989 (1989)
FounderPeter Gabriel
GenreWorld music, Progressive rock
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationBox Mill, Mill Lane, Box, Wiltshire SN13 8PL

Real World Records is a British record label specializing in world music. It was founded in 1989 by English musician Peter Gabriel and original members of WOMAD.[3] A majority of the works released on Real World Records feature music recorded at Real World Studios, in Box, Wiltshire, England.


The goal of its founding in 1989 was to give talented musicians from around the world access to state-of-the-art recording facilities and audiences beyond their geographic region. The musical relationships formed at WOMAD festivals were also intended to lead to new music recordings. As a result, the music label is known for bringing together musicians who share a common interest in music in general. New recording methods and new meeting places are created.[4]

In 1999, the label had sold over 3 million records worldwide and released 90 albums.[5] In 2015, it had reached the mark of over 200 albums.[3]

Many of the released recordings continue to be made at Real World Studios, also founded in 1989, whose facilities support the goals of Real World Records.[4]

In 2011, EMI Music Publishing renewed the distribution deal for the Real World catalogue outside of the United Kingdom, thereby covering the first time the United States.[6]


Partial discography[edit]


  1. ^ Llewellyn, Howell (4 August 2001). "Virgin Spain Augments Yerbabuena Imprint". Billboard. Vol. 113, no. 31. New York: BPI Communications. p. 40. ISSN 0006-2510. OCLC 4086332.
  2. ^ Paulsen, Eric (3 April 2002). "Success doesn't lure Narada away from Milwaukee". OnMilwaukee. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Amanda (8 February 2015). "Real World Records: Passion And Authenticity Are Fundamental". All About Jazz (Interview). Interviewed by Nenad Georgievski. Philadelphia: Michael Ricci. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Real World Records - About". Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  5. ^ Gabriel, Peter (14 August 1999). "The Real World of Peter Gabriel". Billboard (Interview). Interviewed by Melinda Newman. New York: BPI Communications. p. 40. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  6. ^ CMU Editorial (4 November 2011). "EMI renews and extends deal with Peter Gabriel". Complete Music Update. UnLimited Media. Retrieved 16 December 2023.
  7. ^ "Sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun signs to Real World Records and shares debut track, Veer". Real World Records. 10 December 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  8. ^ Scaggs, Austin (27 January 2009). "Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts Enter the S.S." Rolling Stone. New York. ISSN 0035-791X. OCLC 693532152. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Mara!". Mara Music. Retrieved 29 December 2019.

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