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KOCH Expands Music Label Roster with New Signings

Newly-signed labels include Bodog Music, Marquis Classics, Syntax Records, Latchkey Recordings and Indianola Records

(Port Washington, New York) December 14, 2006 - KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that is has expanded its music label roster with the signing of five exclusive distribution deals which include independent labels Bodog Music, Marquis, Syntax Records, Latchkey Recordings and Indianola Records.  Under these agreements, KOCH will be the exclusive physical and digital distributor for each label in the United States.    

“We’re very excited to add these labels to our distribution roster. This diverse group of labels will further consolidate Koch’s position as the leading distributor for true independent labels,” commented Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.

Bodog Music
Bodog Music is a division of the international digital entertainment giant Bodog.com founded by Calvin Ayre, who is recognized as a world authority on branding in the digital entertainment industry. The International Music label has six offices worldwide, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia, Berlin and London with global distribution. The label features a diverse and growing roster that spans all musical genres. Bodog Music has launched the largest interactive A&R search to date looking for the top unsigned band in America with THE BODOG $1-MILLION BATTLE OF THE BANDS which will culminate in an eleven episode reality TV show produced by Bodog Entertainment to air on Fuse TV nationwide. Bodog releases currently available via KOCH include titles by Bif Naked, Dead Celebrity Status, The Vincent Black Shadow, and early 2007 releases by Neurosonic, Bif Naked, and Nazanin.

Marquis Classics
For more than 25 years, Toronto-based Marquis has built an international reputation for quality classical recordings. In recent years, it has expanded its musical focus and is now becoming a leader in discovering new talent in the jazz and adult contemporary fields. Recent classical releases include Toronto Consort’s The Da Vinci Collection and The Toronto Children’s Chorus’ How Sweet the Sound. Marquis’s most recent jazz releases are Dione Taylor - I Love Being Here with You and Térez Montcalm’s Voodoo. Marquis has also released CDs by major international classical stars such as Bryn Terfel and the St. Petersberg String Quartet. A recent Marquis initiative was to acquire the catalog and brand of the pioneering classical label, Orion Master Recordings, and release their best titles as a mid-price line. Artists include Laurindo Almeida, Ruggiero Ricci, Leonid Kogan, Peggie Sampson, and Canadians Kenneth Gilbert and Steven Staryk.

Syntax Records
Based in San Diego, Syntax Records was launched by brothers Steve & Tim Trudeau in 1999 while having trouble finding a record label that would take a chance on their quirky hip hop group Sackcloth Fashion.  The label would independently sell over 40,000 units of Sackcloth Fashion’s music. Syntax Records’ signature release includes “Hawthorne’s Most Wanted” by indigenous emcee RedCloud featuring multi-platinum artists Kurupt from the Dog Pound & Jayo Felony, reggae legend Eek-a-mouse, Gospel superstar Tonex, and underground favorites like Pigeon John, Def Shepard and Visionaries. In addition to the Syntax Records roster (Sackcloth Fashion, RedCloud, Man of War, DJ Wise, Shane Newville, MotionPlus and Kaboose) the label is working on releasing key recordings with outside labels such as Nureau Ink, LLC owned and operated by Tonex.

Latchkey Recordings

Latchkey Recordings is an eclectic NYC-based record label founded in 2006 by Entertainment Attorney Mark Schwartz and A&R/Producer Kether Gallu-Badat. Latchkey's vision is one of independence and self-reliance and supports eclectic, multi-genre music. The label’s mission is to help create and ride a trend toward breaking down the dividing lines between music of different generations and genres. The label’s first release will be a producer-driven album entitled The Most Underrated by legendary Hip-Hop producer Domingo. The album, scheduled for release via KOCH in early 2007, features appearances by Beatnuts, Guru, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, and many more established and up and coming MCs.

Indianola Records

Indianola Records was founded In 2001 by John Giddens and Matt Shelton in Valdosta, Georgia. With the release of Evergreen Terrace’s Losing all Hope is Freedom (an ever-growing force in hardcore music) and A Jealousy Issue (original vocalist of poison the well) the label quickly obtained worldwide recognition. Indianola Records’ ability to remain on the cutting edge of hardcore metal and indie music has put them in a position to be one step ahead of the market by always predicting the next big thing while leaving the major labels to play catch up. Odd Project’s new album Lover’s Fighter’s Sinner’s Saint’s is slated for the first quarter of 2007 and will be the first new release from the label via KOCH Entertainment Distribution.

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 as well as physical and digital 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 2004/2005.

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