First releases due in May.

Chicago-based Victory Records has entered into an exclusive, worldwide distribution agreement with Carbon Copy Media, a label founded by Hawthorne Heights lead singer JT Woodruff.

Based in Cincinnati, Carbon Copy will issue releases from Ellison, Crown Point and Asteria this spring. Carbon Copy’s first albums are due in May. Successful releases will have the opportunity to be upstreamed into Victory, according to a release from the rock label.

As for Hawthorne Heights, Victory will issue the act’s DVD, “This Is Who We Are,” on Jan. 10. A new album, “If Only You Were Lonely,” will be released Feb. 28.