Bad Robot continues to take over the world (of entertainment). J.J. Abrams' ever-expanding production company announced Tuesday it is getting into the music business, launching a recording label. The company, which is involved in some of science fiction's biggest franchises — as a producer on both the Star Wars and Star Trek films — is teaming up with the Capitol Music Group to create Loud Robot.
The new division will be a potential pipeline for original music in Bad Robot's many enterprises, which also include the Mission: Impossible and Cloverfield movies and TV shows like Westworld and Castle Rock. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "the label will focus on short-term collaborations to release original music, finding both emerging and established artists through traditional A&R methods."
Westworld has already released soundtrack albums for its first two seasons, so that seems like a property likely to connect with Loud Robot. This could also be great news for Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes — the long-dormant Mos Eisley Cantina band from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. And a playlist for the Cloverfield monster also seems inevitable. Music has always played a key role in pretty much every Bad Robot production, and that trend is only growing. So, a boutique label certainly makes sense.
Bad Robot has had a prolific year of growth, also starting a new video game development division in June. Loud Robot music may also wind up in that group's products as well.