FONTANA PARTNERS WITH TRUSTKILL
Leading Independent Music Distributor Partners with Pioneering Rock Label
LOS ANGELES, January 10, 2007…Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with New Jersey-based Trustkill Records, it was announced today by Jim Urie, President of Universal Music Group Distribution, Steve Pritchitt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fontana, and Josh Grabelle, founder of Trustkill.
Under this new agreement, Fontana will distribute Trustkill product in the US, while working closely with Trustkill on further expanding the label’s reach in the marketplace, building and extending its brand and helping the company to capitalize on the many new and emerging opportunities across a variety of retail and new media platforms.
Over the past ten years, Trustkill Records has emerged from a college dorm room project into the leading authority on metal, hardcore, punk and emo music in the independent sector. In 2006, Trustkill scored five debut albums on the Billboard charts, three of which landed in the “Top 200”. These include Bleeding Through, who have combined sales of over 200,000 albums to date, and whose new album, The Truth, released in 2006, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top New Artist Chart”. Bullet for My Valentine, who also released their debut album in 2006, scored Billboard’s “Hotshot Debut” and has since sold over 175,000 copies in the U.S. Trustkill has also successfully diversified into such areas as music publishing, film, mobile, merchandise/e-commerce, and touring. Upcoming releases include new albums from Hopesfall, Bedlight for Blue Eyes and Throwdown, among many others.
“When we launched Fontana, our goal was to attract those partners who thrive on innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit,” stated Mr. Urie. “Josh and his team are the poster children for that. We are delighted to welcome them to the Fontana family.”
“After 10 years of doing this with various indies, we are excited to be joining the Fontana team,” added Mr. Grabelle. “Jim and Steve approached me when things at Trustkill were really on fire, and I feel that they, above anyone else, really understand our business model, our brand, and goals. With the worlds’ largest music distributor behind us we have huge plans to really take this label into the future and expand our roster, staff, sales, and more.”
“I am thrilled to be working with the forward thinking executives at Fontana,” commented Trustkill General Manager Robert Dippold. “New industry challenges require a new approach to handling artists’ careers and selling music. We see this as combining the best of our artist development skills and access to Universal’s industry power. I’m confident that Fontana’s passion for music and our expertise and reputation in developing and branding artists will make a very formidable combination.”
Fontana Distribution, the independent arm of UMGD, provides unparalleled sales and marketing support, as well as back office services, for a diverse roster of labels and their artists. Fontana distributes more than 60 labels including Vagrant Records, Telarc, VP Records, American Gramaphone, Quango, Mad Science Recordings, Six Degrees, Angeles Records, Nitro, SMC, Upstairs Records, Warcon, Rendezvous, Big Vin, Delicious Vinyl, Ipecac and many others. In addition, Fontana distributes select projects from UMG labels worldwide.
Trustkill Records is a full service record label engaged in all aspects of the expanding entertainment industry. Since its founding in 1995, Trustkill has grown rapidly and today represents a multi-faceted and fully integrated entertainment media enterprise including records, publishing, mobile, merchandise, and touring. Headquartered in Tinton Falls , NJ, Trustkill’s diverse roster includes artists such as Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions, Bullet For My Valentine, Terror, Hopesfall, It Dies Today, Walls Of Jericho, and more.