FONTANA TO DISTRIBUTE STRANGE MUSIC
‘Everready’ by Tech N9ne Debuts at #2 on Soundscan Indie Chart
LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2006 – Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Kansas City, MO-based Strange Music. The announcement was made today by Steve Pritchitt, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Fontana, and Travis O’Guin, President of Strange Music.
Under the new agreement, Fontana will work closely with Strange on expanding the label’s reach in the marketplace, building and extending its brand and helping Strange to capitalize on the many new and emerging opportunities across a variety of retail and new media platforms.
“We have been wanting to work with Travis and Tech for some time,” stated Pritchitt. “Together, they embody the very essence of creative leadership at its best. In a relatively short time, they have built Strange into a key player in the indie music world. We are delighted that they have chosen to join the Fontana family, and we look forward to helping them expand their business even further.”
“It just makes perfect sense,” said Travis O’Guin. “Our vision and direction in the industry are perfectly aligned. I believe the industry is shifting towards the independent route and that our respective companies were quick to recognize this shift and take advantage of it. Strange Music and Fontana have been and will continue to be leaders in this movement and the partnership was inevitable.”
The label’s first release under its deal with Fontana, ‘Everready’, from artist and co-founder of Strange Music, Tech N9ne, has already garnered significant critical acclaim since its release on November 7th. ‘Everready’ debuted this week at #2 on the nation’s top independent albums chart.
About Strange Music
Since its inception in 2000 by Kansas City, Missouri local entrepreneur and businessman Travis O’Guin and hip hop artist and songwriter Tech N9ne, Strange Music has emerged as one of the most successful independent record companies in the business. With combined album sales exceeding half a million units, the Midwest-based label continues to set trends and dominate the underground music scene. In addition to Tech N9ne, the label’s roster includes Skatterman and Snug Brim, Kutt Calhoun, Big Krizz Kaliko, Project Deadman and Critical Bill. Upcoming projects include Kabosh, which features Tech N9ne and Big Krizz in a new full live rock/rap musical experience.
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, 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.