Sony Music UK has acquired the full-service merchandise company Kontraband, it was announced Wednesday (Sept. 4). The deal will see Kontraband collaborating with all of Sony Music’s labels and artist rosters as well as its U.S. merchandise operation, The Thread Shop.
“We are continuously looking for ways to diversify our business and the acquisition of Kontraband allows us to help our artists enhance their brand and deliver new and exciting commercial opportunities,” said Sony Music UK and Ireland COO Nicola Tuer in a statement.
Kontraband is led by Paul Entwistle and Justin Smith, who boast over 20 years of experience covering merchandise sales, production and distribution worldwide. Their artist clients have included Bjork, Camila Cabello, PJ Harvey, 50 Cent, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop, The Streets and Pixies.