Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to distribute the recordings of Daniel Glass’ independent label Glassnote, both parties confirmed in a statement.
UMG’s multi-year distribution arrangement will kick-off from March 1, at which point Glassnote will be distributed in the U.S. by UMG’s distribution unit (UMGD). Outside the U.S. (excluding Australia, New Zealand and South Africa), Glassnote will be distributed by Caroline, UMG’s independent distribution arm. Until now, Sony Music’s Red division distributed the N.Y.-based label’s recordings.
Alongside this new deal, Glass has launched an affiliate company, Resolved, which will offer individualized support and services to entertainment entrepreneurs, emerging producers and independent labels. Resolved will also be distributed by UMG.
“Daniel Glass is, quite simply, one of the most successful label entrepreneurs of the last decade,” Lucian Grainge, the chairman/CEO of UMG, comments in a statement published in the report. “He represents the kind of innovation and creativity that defines who we are and who we aspire to be as an organization.”
Glass, an entrant in Billboard’s latest “Power 100” list, has been on a winning streak in recent years. The former EMI and Chrysalis exec launched Glassnote in 2007, signing a roster with an international flavor — including eventual Grammy winners Mumford & Sons and Chvrches (Britain), Robert DeLong (U.S.), Phoenix (France) and The Temper Trap (Australia).
Glassnote launched a U.K. affiliate last year, just months after he was feted at Musexpo with the title “international music person of the year.”
“We are honored and excited to embark on this new journey with Universal,” Glass comments in the statement. “Lucian understood our vision from the start and his embrace of passionate, creative, entrepreneurs makes Universal the perfect home for our companies.”