Alternative Distribution Alliance

  1. Morning Fix: Wadsworth to Step Down from Helm at BPI; MP3Tunes Founder Liable for Copyright Infringement; Sylvia Rhone to Head Epic Records

    March 20, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE TONY WADSWORTH TO STEP DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF BPI & BRIT AWARDS "After almost seven years in the role, I have decided to make 2014 my final year as chairman of BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd,” Wadswo ...

  2. Warner Music Begins Auctioning Off Assets to Indies Following Parlophone Acquisition

    March 03, 2014 12:55 PM EST The Warner Music Group has begun the process of divesting of some of its artist and catalog holdings to accommodate a deal it made with indie trade organizations Impala and Merlin when it acquired Parlophone Records last February, according t ...

  3. Arcade Fire Bound for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 30, 2013 8:27 PM EDT Arcade Fire is heading for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the band's new album, "Reflektor," may sell around 135,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 3. That sum ...

  4. Former ADA President Mitch Wolk Joins SONGS Music Publishing As CFO

    September 17, 2013 6:19 AM EDT Veteran label exec Mitchell Wolk has been named CFO at SONGS Music Publishing. Through the second half of the 2000s, Wolk served as president and CEO of Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), the independent distribution and marketing division ...

  5. Morning Fix: Rough Trade Store to Open in NYC; White House Postpones 'Musica Latina'; Restructuring at Rhapsody

    September 17, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE EXCLUSIVE: ROUGH TRADE WILL OPEN FLAGSHIP STORE NOV. 25 IN NEW YORK Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the ...

  6. Record Store Day's Adapter Inaugural Prize Winners Include Tame Impala, Postal Service, GZA, Rodriguez

    September 12, 2013 9:38 PM EDT The Record Store Day coalition has named the recipients for its first-ever Adapter prize, so named after specially designed 45 adapters presented to winners. Tame Impala's “Lonerism,” on the Modular and distributed by INgrooves, picked up r ...

  7. How Five Indie Labels Are Trying to Change The Major Distribution Game

    May 31, 2013 1:46 PM EDT This story on five independent labels working together to create autonomous deals with major distributors is from the latest issue of Billboard (June 8, 2013). The book also includes a cover story on J. Cole and the follow-up to his album ...

  8. Alternative Distribution Alliance Scores New Clients, Exec

    October 18, 2012 3:21 PM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance has picked up some new distribution clients and hired a new senior executive. The company is on an upswing after seeing its U.S. album plus track-equivalent market share drop from 4.43% at the end of 2010 to 4.09% ...

  9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200, Mumford Holds at No. 1

    October 17, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "The Heist." The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. ...

  10. Macklemore: A Hip-Hop Duo's Come-Up

    October 10, 2012 6:56 AM EDT After building a base on the back of a steady touring schedule and heavy online engagement, independent hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis deliver debut. Seattle rapper Macklemore has finally arrived. After releasing his debut EP, "Open ...

  11. Exclusive: Yamaha Launching In-House Record Label, Signs Leogun

    September 04, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Corporate brands including Red Bull, Mountain Dew, Hard Rock International and even Tag Body Spray created record labels in recent years to make their products more credible among music fans. Now a brand with a more direct link to music, instrumen ...

  12. Get Yer Yamahas Out

    August 30, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Instrument company launches label and promotes itself through other partnerships. Corporate brands including Red Bull, Mountain Dew, Hard Rock International and even Tag Body Spray created record labels in recent years to make their products more ...

  13. Universal Music Group Tops Sony To Lead 2012 Mid-Year Market Share

    July 05, 2012 5:42 PM EDT The Universal Music Group continues its reign as the top U.S. distributor of albums and track-equivalent albums, finishing the first half with 30.15% share, which edges out Sony Music Entertainment's 29.93% share, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  14. INgrooves to Purchase Fontana

    March 02, 2012 1:18 PM EST INgrooves, the digital aggregator launched in 2002, hs purchased Fontana, the indie distribution company owned by Universal Music Group, the company announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives the digital distributor a fu ...

  15. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  16. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

  17. Memorial Service For ADA's Michael Bassin To Be Held Saturday

    March 04, 2011 3:13 PM EST A memorial service for Michael Bassin, a sales executive for the Alternative Distribution Alliance who died last month, will be held tomorrow (March 5) at 1 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York. The servi ...

  18. Andy Kotowicz, 1972-2010

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sub Pop Records VP of sales and marketing Andy Kotowicz died in Seattle from injuries sustained in an Oct. 21 car accident. He was 37. Since arriving at the label in 2000, Kotowicz served as A&R rep for such acts as Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Pissed ...

  19. Celebration Of The Life Of Frank J. Mazza Set For June 13

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There will be a celebration of the life of Frank Mazza, a 30-year music sales executive, who died suddenly of a heart attack in Union, N.J., on May 14. He was 52. Mazza was a long-time indie sales representative, spending about half of his music i ...

  20. Vampire Weekend Lands First No. 1 Album

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set "Contra" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since So ...

  21. Vampire Weekend Lands First No. 1 Album

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST New York band Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set, "Contra," debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billbo ...

  22. WMG Merges ADA Sales Staff Into WEA

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST While the Warner Music Group is folding the sales staff of the Alternative Distribution Alliance inside that of WEA, the two distribution staffs will be kept separate in their dealings with account and labels. In the new set up, there will be a un ...

  23. Rykodisc Shuffled Under ILG, Staff Cut

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc Records, which has been operating as a stand-alone label since it was acquired by the Warner Music Group in 2006, has been placed under WMG's Independent Label Group. As part of the move, five Ryko staffers have been let go and ILG w ...

  24. Ryko Distr. Merged With ADA, Staffs Shuffled

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Warner Music Group is folding Ryko Distribution into Alternative Distribution Alliance company. As part of the move, all labels signed to Ryko will be handled by ADA, with the transition expected to occur over the next 45-90 days. Ryko Distrib ...

  25. ADA Nordic Partners With Nuclear Blast

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Nordic arm of Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has partnered with independent metal label Nuclear Blast on an exclusive distribution agreement. ADA Nordic, part of Warner Music Nordic, launched last month and p ...

  26. ADA Launches Nordic Division

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has launched in the Nordic region. The new division of the leading distributor of indie releases will provide digital and physical distribution services to independent music compani ...

  27. U.K.'s Dramatico Exits Stricken Pinnacle

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST 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 previou ...

  28. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Under the agreement, Interscope will provide strategic marketing and promotion for ...

  29. ADA U.K. To Distribute First Night

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K.'s independent distribution arm Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has signed up theatrical stage show specialist First Night Records. The distribution deal with the London-based label is effective immediately. ADA U.K. ...

  30. Allen, Wolk Take New Roles At ADA

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Wolk has been promoted to president of the Alternative Distribution Alliance. He will report to Andy Allen, who - after coming back from a seven-month leave of absence - has been named chairman of independent music for the Warner Music Group ...

  31. ADA President Takes On New Duties

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andy Allen, the president of Alternative Distribution Alliance who was on sabbatical since November, will rejoin the Warner Music Group with added responsibilities. According to sources, Allen will take a role in all things independent at the Warn ...

  32. Mariah And Leona Hold While Rest Of Billboard 200 Gets Busy

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (down 61%) while Leona Lewis' "Spirit" stays firm at No. 2, earning a gain after her "American Idol" performance last week ... The ...

  33. ADA Strikes Deals With Defected, Strictly Rhythm

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K.'s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has struck exclusive international deals to distribute repertoire from specialist dance labels Defected Records and Strictly Rhythm Records. With effect from April 1, the labels' ...

  34. ADA President To Take Leave Of Absence

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) president Andy Allen is taking an eight month leave of absence beginning November 1. In his absence, the company will be run by ADA senior mnagement staff; executive VP, Mitchell Wolk; senior VP/GM, Michael ...

  35. Epitaph Inks With ADA, Likely To Exit eMusic Deal

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Epitah Records is shifting its worldwide digital distribution to Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) in October. Until now, ADA had been distributing mobile content for Epitaph. "We do digital distribution for a number of smaller independ ...

  36. U.S. H1 Album Sales Down 15.1%

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The mid-year ended with the U.S. music industry still reeling from the downturn in physical goods. According to Nielsen SoundScan, album sales were down 15.1% for the year to nearly 230 million units in the six-month period ended July 1. But on th ...

  37. Koch Acquires Navarre Ent. Media

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Navarre Entertainment Media for $6.5 million, the two companies confirmed. The deal, which was first tipped on Billboard.biz , is subject to customary closing conditions and is expec ...

  38. Koch Parent Lining Up Navarre Acquisition

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment One, the parent company of Koch Entertainment, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Navarre Entertainment Media, the independent music distribution company owned by Navarre Corp., according to sources. The deal, which still has t ...

  39. Indies Sign On With Snocap

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie labels Sub Pop, New Line and Dangerbird Records have agreed to use SnoCap's MyStores digital download service to begin selling unprotected MP3 tracks through individual artist MySpace pages and other sites. The Alternative Distribution ...

  40. Rhymesayers Jumps To WMG's ILG

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Minneapolis-based hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment has joined the Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group for North America distribution. The imprint, which has released albums from the likes of Atmosphere and Soul Position, among ...

  41. Indie Labels Look To Post-Tower World

    November 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Labels rethinking marketing, staffing in wake of chain's closure. With independent labels slowing down their releases for the fourth quarter, the long-term effects of Tower Records' closing may not be realized for a while in the indie re ...

  42. Sales Up, Tracks Leveling

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Downloads show no quarter-to-quarter increase. While overall U.S. sales are up a whopping 22.8% to 814.5 million units from the first nine months of 2005, digital track downloads, the main configuration fueling that growth, are stagnant when viewe ...

  43. Sales Up, Tracks Leveling

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Downloads show no quarter-to-quarter increase. While overall U.S. sales are up a whopping 22.8% to 814.5 million units from the first nine months of 2005, digital track downloads, the main configuration fueling that growth, are stagnant when viewe ...

  44. Ultra Records Joins ADA

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal to begin in September. Independent electronic and dance music label, Ultra Records, will join Alternative Distribution Alliance's (ADA) family of distributed labels including Sub Pop, Matador, Epitaph, Comedy Central and Saddle Creek. AD ...

  45. Retail Track

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Alternative Distribution Alliance's new independent distribution division in the United Kingdom to help move titles in Europe. Read Ed Christman's column. The Alternative Distribution Alliance's new independent distribution divi ...

  46. Retail Track

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Alternative Distribution Alliance's new independent distribution division in the United Kingdom to help move titles in Europe. Read Ed Christman's column. The Alternative Distribution Alliance's new independent distribution divi ...

  47. ADA Opens Shop In U.K.

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Eyeing expansion to continental Europe. The Alternative Distribution Alliance, the Warner Music Group owned U.S.-based indie distributor, is now targeting the indie sector in Europe with the recent launch of a distribution operation in the U.K. Su ...

  48. Hein Named Senior VP/GM At Caroline

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most recently president of Rykodisc. EMI Music North America has named William Hein senior VP and GM of Caroline Distribution, EMI's U.S. independent distribution company. Hein will be based in New York and report to EMI Music North America C ...

  49. ADA Names Wolk Exec VP

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wolk had been working with WMG incubators Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has named Mitchell Wolk executive VP. Based in New York, he reports to ADA president Andy Allen. Wolk comes to ADA, the independent distribution arm of the Warner Mu ...

  50. Hopeless Moves To ADA

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Koch adds three to distro roster. Rock label Hopeless Records is moving its catalog and new releases to Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance. In an unrelated move, Koch Entertainment Distribution in Port Washington, N.Y. has adde ...

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