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Port Washington, NY – August 16, 2005- KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive North American distribution deal with legendary R&B label Brunswick Records. Under this agreement, KOCH will distribute the entire Brunswick Records catalog including releases from the company’s associated labels M2K Music & Media and Spy Communications. 

Between the mid 60’s and the mid 70’s, Brunswick Records was one of America’s leading R&B record companies.  From its studio office on Michigan Avenue, Brunswick employed some of Chicago’s very best writers, producers and musicians to create a large portion of what was being played on R&B radio during that period.  If you listen to any classic soul station in America, you are bound to hear several of their recordings every day.

Beginning with Jackie Wilson’s first hit, “Reet Petite,” in 1957, Brunswick introduced numerous hits to the R&B and Pop charts for nearly 20 years, by artists such as Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, Young-Holt Unlimited and The Chi-Lites. The label also featured releases by Gene Chandler (of “Duke Of Earl” fame), Erma Franklin (The Queen Of Soul’s sister), Little Richard, T-Bone Walker, and many more.

By the time Brunswick stopped producing new product in 1982, the company had racked up more than 150 Billboard charted singles.  Even today, Brunswick recordings are extremely popular with old and, more importantly, younger soul music fans around the world.  In addition to appearing continuously in films and on television, the music has been reincarnated through sampling by artists such as Jay-Z, Joss Stone, Fantasia and Jaheim, to name only a few.  In fact, the 2003 smash “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce was created by sampling the hook of the recording “Are You My Woman” by the Chi-Lites.

Although the label is known more to record collectors & music industry insiders, who are aware that many of the musicians behind huge hits for Motown performed on numerous Brunswick recordings as well, the label plans to raise awareness of the depth and quality of Brunswick recordings to the average music fan.
Over the next 36 months, Brunswick’s goal is to repackage a great deal of material in double CD anthologies, box sets and an assortment of compilations.  This fall, the company will be launching a Brunswick website, which will have a detailed history of the label as well as a complete catalog of all the recordings. 

“Choosing a national distributor is a very serious decision for any record company to make,” commented Paul Tarnopol, President of Brunswick Records. “The two things that sold us on KOCH, was KOCH’s very professional reputation, as well as our respect for KOCH's Dave Nives, who has been pushing us towards KOCH for a long time.”

“We’re truly excited to be working with one of the greatest R&B labels of all time and to reintroduce this timeless catalog at retail,” says Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.  “Brunswick Record’s classic catalog, with its legendary roster of artists, will be a smash hit at retail and with music fans of all ages.”
On October 18th, M2K Music & Media will be releasing a 2-CD compilation entitled "NIKKI MUSIC VOL. 02."  This collection will feature the world's top Chill and House DJs and will be supported by each of the eleven NIKKI BEACH clubs around the world.
The first releases on Brunswick (OCTOBER 18th) will be the label’s first 2-CD collection on Tyrone Davis ever released in the United States and Canada, which will include ten Top Ten R&B recordings, and a 20-song collection from Young-Holt Unlimited.  Each collection has been digitally remastered from the original master recordings.  Brunswick will follow up with 2-CD collections on THE CHI-LITES and JACKIE WILSON after the first of the year.  Brunswick is also preparing to release a 2-CD collection consisting of 40 of their Top 40 R&B singles from 1966 to 1975.
On October 4th, Spy Communications will be releasing four classic albums on CD for the first time by Dionne Warwick, King Curtis and Candi Stanton. These selections from the Warner catalog are part of  its "AMBASSADOR SOUL CLASSICS" series.  The best-selling Spy CD is currently BOOTY JAMS, which has sold nearly 200,000 units to date.  Spy video will be re-soliciting the DVD, "ULTIMATE PRO WRESTLING TRAINING Vol. 1, 2 and 3”.

KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S. and its 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 2003/2004. For more information please go to www.kochent.com.

For more information, please contact James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email james.scileppi@kochent.com.

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