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KOCH Entertainment Dominates US Independent Albums Chart


(Port Washington, New York) - - April 3, 2003 - - KOCH Entertainment, the leading independent distributor of music, video and DVD, holds four of the six top positions on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, including the # 1 slot.  All four albums are also Top 200 albums, and three titles are Top 100.


 The following KOCH Entertainment albums appear on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart for the week ending March 30, 2003: Rewind Hip Hop “Issue # 1” (Landspeed) No. 1, B.G. “Livin’ Legend” (KOCH Records/In The Paint) No. 3, Ani DiFranco “Evolve” (Righteous Babe) No. 5, Ringo Starr “Ringorama” (KOCH Records) No. 6, Transplants “Transplants” (Epitaph) No. 15, Sammy Kershaw “I Want My Money” (KOCH Records/Audium) No. 27, Chico Debarge “Free” (KOCH Records) No. 43 and Daniel O’Donnell “Daniel O’Donnell” (DPTV Media) No. 45


 KOCH has three of the Top 100 Albums in the U.S. with Rewind Hip Hop “Issue # 1” No. 34, B.G. “Livin’ Legend” No. 83 and Ani DiFranco “Evolve” No. 92.


 “We are very pleased to have such success right now and this is just the start of what 2003 will bring,” says Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.  “With the slate of releases our labels have lined up for the next few months, we will further solidify our position as the leading independent music distributor in America.”


 KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S.  KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels and distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada.  KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2002.

For more information please contact James Scileppi @ KOCH Entertainment Distribution at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email james.scileppi@kochint.com

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