Alternative Distribution Alliance, Warner Music’s independent distribution network, has announced a new partnership with Los Angeles-based indie label Innovative Leisure, home to such acts as Classixx, Hanni El Khatib, Nosaj Thing and Rhye. In June 2012, ADA first expanded its services to the indie community by joining forces with Independent Label Group, drawing on its resources for radio promotion, publicity and marketing. ADA will offer digital and physical distribution services to future releases from Innovative Leisure, which was established in 2010. Innovative Leisure has already forged brand partnerships with Audi and American Eagle in recent years. In 2014, the label looks to release follow-ups from El Khatib, Nosaj Thing, Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las, as well as the debut LP from its most recent signing, BadBadNotGood.
British R&B singer/songwriter Estelle has launched New London Records, an independent label in partnership with BMG, with which she’s worked as a writer since 2003. Estelle will release the second and third installments of her three-volume EP series “Love & Happiness” on the new label (lead EP Love Jones arrived in June), taking creative control of her current and future musical endeavors. Estelle first broke through with the Grammy Award-winning “American Boy,” which features Kanye West and cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the sixth-best-selling single of 2008. Since then, she has released two LPs, “Shine” and “Under Me,” with BMG. Her fourth studio album is slated for release in February 2014.
Mexican pop/rock artist Gloria Trevi has extended her multi-album music publishing contract with independent publisher peermusic. First joining as a songwriter in 2007, Trevi has gone on to compose such hits as “Psicofonia,” “El Favor de la Soledad,” “Vestida de Azucar” and “Me Rio de Ti.” She has notched three top 10s and one No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, including “Como Nace el Universo” in 2004 (No. 4 peak), “Una Rosa Blu” in 2007 (No. 9) and Gloria in 2011 (No. 1). Her most recent album, “Gloria: En Vivo,” arrived in June 2012 and reached No. 15. Trevi currently has a leading role on Mexican soap opera “Libre Para Amarte” on Televisa. A new album, De Pelicula, will be released in September through Universal Music Latino and features eight tracks that appear as incidental music on the soap.