Digital Music Group announces music content acquisitions

MUMBAI: Digital Music Group Inc. (DMGI) a content owner and distributor of digital music and video recordings, has announced three long-term and four short-term distribution agreements with a number of independent record labels totaling over 5,000 audio tracks. Under the terms of the agreements signed with each company, DMGI will distribute these music catalogs to online music stores worldwide.

DMGI chief executive officer Mitchell Koulouris said, "Digital Music Group continues to build its music catalog with world-class content.The transactions that have been announced underscore our continued commitment to expanding our catalog with high-quality repertoire from the world's best independent labels."

The three new music catalogs under long-term distribution agreements include:

- Music for Little People, which is a children's music label designed for people turned off by standard commercial kiddie fare, with children's albums that feature such artists as Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Los Lobos, and many others.

- DM Records which features the catalog of Ichiban Records, an Atlanta-based label and also includes alternative rock labels Sky and Naked Language, with such acts as Pylon, The Swans, Moe Tucker and whip-hop label WRAP, which features MC Breed, DJ Smurf, Treacherous Three and more.

- The Cryptic Corporation which contains a number of audio and visual recordings by noted avant-garde band The Residents. It features Residents classics such as Fingerprince, Our Finest Flowers, The King & Eye and Wormwood Live. Also featured in the catalog are numerous music videos including versions of Wormwood Live, Eskimo and dozens of Residents classic tracks, informs an official release.

DMGI has also announced the signing of four new independent labels to short-term distribution agreements through its subsidiary, Digital Rights Agency (DRA). The labels signed to new short-term distribution agreements include:

- DRT Entertainment which is an independent record label founded in 2003 by Derek Shulman, Ron Urban and Theodore Green. DRT's artist roster includes: Artimus Pyledriver, Blindside, Clutch,The Rasmus and many more. The label also re-masters and re-releases older material from their artists. Last year, they re-released 35 Anniversary editions of many albums by Shulman's former band, Gentle Giant.

- ProgRock Records roster includes new, developing artists as well as established artists, including Planet P (featuring Tony Carey), Oliver Wakeman (son of Yes' Rick Wakeman), Ajalon, and Erik Norlander.

- Takeover Records, formed by the members of the multi-platinum band, Yellowcard, Takeover Records is an alternative/punk rock label based in Long Beach, California. Takeover Records features albums from such alt-rock stalwarts as Yellowcard, Hey Mike and Bracket.

- FILMguerrero, formed by John Askew in the late 1990's as a means to release the music of his friends and close associates, adds the release.

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