Universal Music Canada has picked up two labels for distribution.
TORONTO -- Universal Music Canada has picked up two labels for distribution.
U.S. jazz label Concord Records has switched its Canadian distribution from Koch Entertainment Canada to Universal, effective Jan. 1. Concord has enjoyed significant success in 2004 with releases by Barry Manilow, Peter Cincotti and Ray Charles.
Concord last year switched its U.S. distribution to Universal from Innovative Distribution Network.
Universal Music Canada has had a long-standing distribution relationship with Fantasy Records, which Concord recently acquired.
Additionally, Toronto-based label Distort Entertainment, home to hardcore act Alexisonfire, has signed an exclusive deal with Universal Music Canada. Distort previously went through EMI Music Canada.
Alexisonfire's 2004 sophomore album "Watch Out" has been certified gold in Canada (50,000 units). The band is released in the United States by RED-distributed Equalvision Records. Distort also handles U.S. hardcore band the Bled for Canada.