FONTANA TO DISTRIBUTE SWANK RECORDINGS
LOS ANGELES, California, December 19, 2006 – Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Las Vegas-based Swank Recordings, it was announced today by Steve Pritchitt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fontana, and Ben Clark, President and founder of Swank Recordings.
As part of the agreement, Fontana will distribute Swank Recordings product in the US. The label releases forward thinking dance and electronic music, ranging from DJ-driven mix compilations to deluxe, lifestyle oriented collections. Swank Recordings also has a stable of both established and upcoming artists including King Britt, Andy Caldwell, Groove Junkies, Alix Alvarez, Halo, Mister O, Kiko Navarro, DJ Dealer and Justin Michael, whose debut single is currently Top 30 on the Billboard Club Play chart.
Swank Recordings also runs a sister label called Franchise Player which focuses on more underground-leaning club music sounds. The Franchise Player schedule for 2007 includes releases from JT Donaldson, Joey Youngman, Jake Childs, Jay Tripwire and Demarkus Lewis, all of whom enjoy a strong and loyal following.
“Swank Recordings has quickly emerged as one of the world’s preeminent architects of today’s dance music scene,” stated Pritchitt. “We are thrilled and honored that they will now be part of the Fontana family of labels.”
“All of us at Swank are delighted to be working with the Fontana team,” added Clark. “Their experience and dedication at developing and breaking new music is unparalleled. Our partnership with Fontana will allow us to broaden our reach into the marketplace and with their expertise continue to grow our business.”
About Swank Recordings
Since it was founded in 2005, Swank Recordings has enjoyed both critical and commercial success in the dance music world. With a steady stream of hit club singles, Swank has risen to the top and can be found in the playlists of the world’s top DJs. With the addition of the Franchise Player imprint in 2006, the label has continued to expand and dominate the nightclub scene.
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 Gramophone, 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.