London-based independent label Dramatico -- the U.K. home to multi-platinum singer/songwriter Katie Melua and Carla Bruni -- has struck a new distribution deal with Warner Music's Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA).

Dramatico was previously handled by Pinnacle, the U.K. distributor which went into administration (equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States) last week.

The deal, reported as imminent on Billboard.biz last Friday (Dec. 5), takes effect immediately. It covers physical shipments of the independent label's catalog within the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Melua's U.K. chart-topping albums "Call off the Search" (2003) and "Piece by Piece" (2005). Dramatico licenses its own digital releases.

The label's most recent release, "The Katie Melua Collection" compilation, issued Oct. 27, is at No. 55 on this week's Official U.K. Charts co listing and has been BPI-certified gold (100,000 units shipped). Melua's fourth studio set is planned for a spring 2010 release.

Up-coming new releases on Dramatico will include "Down to Earth," the sophomore album by Los Angeles-based Welsh-born singer songwriter Jem, due February 2. Further album releases during the first half of 2009 will include debut sets by Australian singer/songwriter Andrea McEwan and U.K. soul/blues vocalist Florence Rawlings.

Dramatico was founded in 2000 by veteran British songwriter/producer Mike Batt. Outside the United Kingdom and Ireland, its releases are handled by a string of independent distribution partners on a territory-by-territory basis.

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