Mute Records is a record label formed in 1980 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single, "Warm Leatherette", under the moniker The Normal.
Mute Records made a name for itself as the label that was willing to sign post-punk artists like Frank Tovey's Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle, and Cabaret Voltaire. Once electronic music hit the British charts in the early 80s, Mute signed artists like Depeche Mode and Erasure that utilised new technology which would eventually redefine the sound of the dancefloor in the late 80s and early 90s.
Mute Records was the first British record label to have a Web site.
On May 10, 2002, EMI Recorded Music acquired Mute Records, extending an existing licensing relationship that Mute had with EMIís Virgin Records for over 15 years. Daniel Miller, Executive Chairman, is responsible for all of the companyís global activities.