Jamdown With The Orchard
NEW YORK & LONDON, Jan 08, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD), a global leader in digital music and entertainment, and Jamdown Limited, today announced an exclusive worldwide digital license agreement for the masters catalogue of Jamdown Recordings/Jamdown UK, the record label arm of the Jamdown / Abood Group of companies.
The deal features Jamdown artists Smujji, MBC, Ward 21, Suncycle and FYA, as well as the first new studio album in almost twenty years from the legendary trombonist Rico Rodriguez. An early release will be "Soundclash Round 1", the first volume of a concept series featuring "musical battles" between major Jamaican artists and producers including Skatta, Arrows, South Rakkas, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Sean Paul and Elephant Man. With an established history of hits over the past two decades, the catalogue boasts titles from the top names from Jamaica - both past & present - as well as international urban crossover titles.
Commenting on the deal, Othman Mukhlis, Jamdown's CEO said, "This cooperation enables us to exploit our fast growing catalogue in many new areas. This way we are able to strengthen our position as an independent label in the urban and dancehall sector while ensuring the best exploitation and visibility for our projects. The music industry has been going through radical changes recently and we see this as a key strategic deal to ensure our continued growth as an indie presence."
Jamdown joins Greensleeves, Shanachie, Ariwa and Reggae Sunsplash, to make The Orchard's reggae and dancehall catalogue one of the most comprehensive one-stop sources for digital retailers, mobile operators, consumer brands, and synchronization licensing partners.
"People from all over the world love Jamaican music," said Greg Scholl, President and CEO of The Orchard. "Jamdown's laudable commitment to developing new artists, along with their eclectic and valuable catalogue, is good for the genre and enhances The Orchard's already powerful music offering."
About Jamdown Recordings/Jamdown UK
Next to publishing companies Abood Music Ltd. and Stanley House Music Ltd. Jamdown has set up its label division Jamdown UK / Jamdown Recordings which has become a successful and profitable addition to the Jamdown / Abood group of companies. Releases include the debut album of girl group FYA (UK top-15 hit with the single "Must be Love", licensed to over 15 countries with over 100,000 units sold worldwide), the debut album of Smujji, who was hand-picked by Usher to join his UK tour (already over 25,000 units sold worldwide). Current releases are the second album of Smujji already licensed to Japan and the US, the third album of dancehall supergroup Ward 21 and the first all-new studio album in many years by legendary dancehall trombonist Rico Rodriguez, produced by UK production group JA-13. On top, Jamdown has started the new concept compilation series 'Soundclash' featuring musical battles between the biggest artists and producers in the reggae/dancehall segment. This series is being combined with the SoundclashTV show - a music programme featuring news, videos and the official dancehall Top-10, compiled by Jamaican radio stations. Aside from mainstream success, Jamdown has built a solid catalogue of dancehall, reggae and reggaeton hits, featuring tracks by all the great names from Jamaica, including Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and many more. Please visit www.jamdown-music.com for additional information.
About The Orchard(R)
The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD) controls and globally distributes more than one million songs and over 4,000 hours of video programming through hundreds of digital stores (e.g. iTunes, eMusic, Google, Netflix) and mobile carriers (e.g. Verizon, A&T, Vodafone, 3). With operations in 28 countries, The Orchard drives sales for its label, retailer, brand, and agency clients through innovative marketing and promotional campaigns; brand entertainment programs; and film, advertising, gaming and television licensing. A pioneer in digital music and entertainment since 1997, The Orchard fosters creativity and independence. For more information, please visit us at www.theorchard.com.
The Orchard is the trade name for Digital Music Group, Inc, a Delaware corporation, (DMGI). On November 13, 2007, The Orchard Enterprises Inc. merged into a wholly-owned subsidiary of DMGI and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of DMGI. The Orchard is a registered trademark and The Orchard logo is a service mark of The Orchard Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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