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Snow Patrol, Elbow label boss: 'Guitar-based music is struggling'

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Fiction Records boss Jim Chancellor has raised concerns about the limited opportunities for guitar bands to get signed.

The music executive - who has Snow Patrol, Elbow and The Maccabees on Fiction's roster - claimed that his competitors are investing less money in rock music.

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Chancellor insisted that labels are hesitant to sign new rock talent "because not much of it is succeeding".

He told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat: "The problem is everyone is looking for instant results from a new signing. What we've tried to do at Fiction is help bands through those phases.

"We try and nurture talent. Television is very limited. For guitar bands it's Channel 4 and Later… With Jools Holland. There are very few other outlets."

He added: "As much as it is difficult to get heard, the White Lies record sold really well and so has the Snow Patrol record in a climate where it's been tricky."

Chancellor recently signed two new guitar acts who will be pushed in 2012, including Spector who appeared in the BBC's Sound of 2012 shortlist.

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Watch Spector perform their new single 'Chevy Thunder' below:

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