The international record company of Edel Group, earMUSIC has signed an exclusive deal with Entertainment One Distribution for distribution in the US.
The deal is dubbed ‘the first of many planned elements that will further nurture the earMUSIC label, brand and artists in the United States in 2015 and beyond’.
Domestic label management for earMUSIC will be provided by the U.S. team of international promotion and marketing firm International Solutions, headed by Elias Chios in New York.
Max Vaccaro, General Manager of earMUSIC said: “During the first five years of earMUSIC, we have seen our label becoming a constant presence on the charts all over Europe. After some excellent years with our close friends at Eagle, we now feel its time to ‘walk on our own two feet’ and start developing our own presence in the United States. We approach this step in the most important market in the world knowing how challenging it will be to be as successful as we are in Europe. In a market where some of the best companies operate, we feel strong with having met a partner like eOne to share this ambition with.”
Michael Healy, Executive Vice President of eOne Music, said: “We feel very fortunate to be able to add EarMUSIC to our strong list of labels and artists. It will be exciting to be a part of their continued success as they take these next steps to expand their footprint in the U.S. marketplace.”
Scott Givens, VP Metal of eOne Music, said: “I am thrilled to have earMUSIC join eOne Distribution and look forward to working with Max and his staff. This is another example of eOne’s ongoing commitment to the rock and metal genres.”
earMUSIC offers artists a network of owned affiliates and long-term international partners. Internationally, earMUSIC’s roster in Europe includes Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, Status Quo, Ash, Foreigner, Tarja, Thunder, Joe Jackson, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Stratovarius, Baby Metal, Christopher Cross, and many others.
eOne Distribution claims to be the largest independent music and video distributor in North America and holds the highest market share of any independent.
The company boasts a roster of clients ranging from leading independent labels to major Hollywood studios. In addition to offering traditional wholesale and managed inventory services to some of North America’s largest retailers, the company’s digital team operates its own in-house digital suite.
The first release under the new deal will be ‘Deep Purple, Long Beach 1971’ – the latest in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple live series of the past two years, boasting rare material.Music Business Worldwide