FONTANA THRIVES WITH PULSE RECORDINGS
Label to Launch New Filter Album, ‘Anthems for the Damned,’ on May 13
Los Angeles, California, April 22, 2008 – Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Pulse Recordings, the innovative one-stop new-model music company. The agreement was announced today by Ron Spaulding, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fontana, and Pulse co-founders Josh Abraham and Jason Bernard, and partner Marc Pollack.
Under the new agreement, Fontana will work closely with Pulse on expanding the label’s reach in the marketplace, building and extending its brand and helping Pulse to capitalize on the many new and emerging opportunities across all retail and new media platforms.
“I am excited to work with Pulse recordings,” stated Mr. Spaulding. “In addition to Josh’s work as one of the industry’s most gifted record producers, he and Jason have assembled a talented team of executives at Pulse. They are true entrepreneurs in every sense of the word, and with Marc onboard, they are exactly the kind of music people we want to work with here at Fontana.”
“After meeting with Ron and Jim Urie (President & CEO, Universal Music Group Distribution), it’s clear that Fontana is the perfect home for Pulse,” said Mr. Abraham and Mr. Pollack. “Their dedication to excellence and love of music and the business is inspiring. We look forward to many prosperous years together.”
Upcoming releases include the highly-anticipated new album from multi-platinum selling rockers Filter. Entitled ‘Anthems for the Damned’ (produced by Abraham), the album is the band’s first studio release in nearly five years and is due to hit shelves on May 13th. The first single, “Soldiers of Misfortune,” is currently moving up the Modern & Active Rock radio and will be available digitally on April 29th. This will be followed by releases from The Outline, Ima Robot and Lukas Haas, among others.
Pulse was founded by Josh Abraham, Jason Bernard and CFO Scott Adair as a multifaceted entertainment company, complete with a management unit, a record label and a recording studio. Recently, Pulse expanded its management operation with the addition of noted music industry veteran Marc Pollack and longtime manager David Surnow.
Most recently, Pulse has enjoyed tremendous success with management client Elliot Yamin from 2006’s ‘American Idol’. His debut album, executive produced by Abraham and co-manager Jeff Rabhan on Hickory Records, is fast-approaching the platinum mark in sales. Pulse Recordings also houses an impressive recording studio run by producer Abraham, who has had platinum success for over a decade. Abraham began developing artists and producing records over 10 years ago. As a producer, he is responsible for selling more than 50 million records worldwide, with a discography that includes the Grammy Award-winning album Contraband by Velvet Revolver (over 2 million sold), Staind’s Break The Cycle (8 times Platinum) and 14 Shades of Grey (2 times Platinum), Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (7 times Platinum) and 30 Seconds To Mars’ A Beautiful Lie (platinum), among others. Pulse Management guides the careers of such artists as Under the Influence of Giants, Lukas Haas, DJ Lethal, Ryan Williams, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, among others.
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 100 labels including Vagrant Records, Telarc, Eagle Rock, VP Records, American Gramaphone, Six Degrees, Nitro, SMC, Trustkill, Delicious Vinyl, ESL, Modular, Ministry of Sound, Ipecac, Strange Music, Music World, VH1 Classic Records, MySpace Records and many others. In addition, Fontana distributes select projects from UMG labels worldwide.