One of the music industry's most influential figures, Miles Copeland's career in management stretches back 44 years to 1969 in London where he represented progressive rock bands such as Wishbone Ash, Al Stewart, Climax Blues Band, Renaissance, Curved Air, and Caravan 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 manager of his brother Stewart's band, The Police and shepherded them to become one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. The success of The Police and the novel methods used to break them enabled Miles to found I.R.S. Records. In the next few years, the company had hits with The Buzzcocks, The English Beat, The Cramps, Fine Young Cannibals, Wall of Voodoo, Timbuk 3, R.E.M. and a number one album with the all-girl group, The Go-Gos. He continued to manage Sting (solo) through seven blockbuster albums and introduced Sting to Algerian Raï singer, Cheb Mami. Their collaboration bloomed with "Desert Rose" whose worldwide success was attributed to Miles' innovative corporate deal with Jaguar. In all, Miles can rightfully claim to have been involved in the sale of over 150 million albums. Miles currently owns and operates CIA - Copeland International Arts.
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Much of the CIA label focus was initially aimed at the most creative genres in the world of dance including an extensive catalog of Middle Eastern, East/West fusion music, and a growing catalog of Irish, Tango, Flamenco and Polynesian styles. The catalog of both audio songs and Visual recordings of performance and dance instruction is available both in physical and digital formats. The newer signings now tend to have a broader appeal beyond a specific dance interest while still appealing to the dancer as well. This would include artists like Beats Antique, Otros Aires and Noizpap. The company continues to explore novel ways to promote artists and music while the traditional outlets decline and new ones open up. In this process the company has developed extensive expertise in merchandise sales via touring and online stores, concert promotion, TV and viral marketing. Though headquartered in Los Angeles, the company thinks internationally and through touring its dance shows and record releases via a worldwide distribution deal with Universal has developed deep experience in working international markets as well as looking to the world as a resource for the acquisition of new artists and music.