U.S. rapper Talib Kweli has been confirmed as the debut artist to appear on CPCo. Records, the first imprint to be launched by U.K. distributor RSK Entertainment since it formed six years ago.
RSK has inked an exclusive, all-platforms licensing agreement for the United Kingdom with L.A.-based Fortress Entertainment Group for the new Kweli DVD, "Live at the Shrine", due out on Nov, 3. Kweli's latest album "Eardrum" was released in the United States on Blacksmith/Warner Bros. in August 2007. "Live at the Shrine" was issued stateside by Fortress DVD on Oct. 13.
RSK was formed in December 2002 following a management buy-out of Koch U.K. -- which had been acquired by Universal Music Group International earlier that year, when Universal acquired the European recording and publishing operations of the Koch Group. The company handles U.K. sales and marketing for independent labels including ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's Camino Records, soundtrack specialist DRG, GNP Crescendo and Fat Possum. Arvato handles retail order fulfilment.
"We are thrilled to be representing Talib and doing business with Fortress," says RSK joint managing director, Simon Carver. "We have taken our time during the development of RSK from Koch U.K. in pursuing our own label and we feel very fortunate to be able to begin with such a talented and respected artist. Going forward, we will pursue more licensing opportunities from the U.S., complemented by a roster of domestic artists."