Ryko Picks Up Rough Trade

New York-based Ryko Distribution has reached a distribution agreement with London-based indie Rough Trade Records, sources say. Rough Trade, which operates as a joint venture with Sanctuary Records, w

LOS ANGELES -- New York-based Ryko Distribution has reached a distribution agreement with London-based indie Rough Trade Records, sources say. Rough Trade, which operates as a joint venture with Sanctuary Records, was previously handled by BMG.

The first releases under the deal will arrive in February. Rough Trade will issue a new album from garage rock duo the Kills on Feb. 22 and a solo effort from Moldy Peaches member Adam Green on March 8.

Ryko also assumes control of Rough Trade's catalog, which includes releases from the Libertines, the Fiery Furnaces, Belle & Sebastian, the Hidden Cameras, British Sea Power and Mystic Chords of Memory. Rough Trade will also be the home to Babyshambles, the new band formed by ex-Libertines singer Peter Doherty.

Ryko declined to comment. Keith Wood, who heads Rough Trade's U.S. office, could not be reached.

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