Handleman Co. says it has entered into an agreement to be the exclusive distributor of Tommy Lee's new solo album, "Tommyland: The Ride," scheduled to be released in August. The deal marks the first t

AUSTIN, Texas -- Handleman Co. says it has entered into an agreement to be the exclusive distributor of Tommy Lee's new solo album, "Tommyland: The Ride," scheduled to be released in August. The deal marks the first time Handleman -- rackjobber to Wal-Mart, Kmart and Best Buy -- will act as the sole distributor for a major recording artist.

The move looks to be the first step in a larger indie distribution push by Handleman. Sources say the company will be looking to ink pressing-and-distribution pacts with name-brand acts that don't have label deals. The company may also push into indie-label distribution deals as well.

In the case of the deal with Mötley Crüe drummer Lee, Handleman is partnering with consulting firm Rocket Science LLC to handle sales solicitation, retail marketing and retail account interaction for the album.

"Tommyland: The Ride," is Lee's third solo recording, and will be released in conjunction with his new NBC reality show, "Tommy Lee Goes to College."

This is Lee's first album without using a traditional major-label infrastructure. He is represented by Carl Stubner, CEO of Sanctuary Artist Management.