Wednesday, August 30, 2006
WDMG Gets Sirius With Universal Music Enterprises
August 30, 2006
World Digital Media Group (WDMG), in which Sirius is a partner, announced a deal with Universal Music Enterprises today.PRESS RELEASE:
World Digital Media Group And Universal Music Enterprises Sign Multi-Year, Multi-Album Deal To Drive Independent Music And Big-Name Artists To Retailers
Wednesday August 30, 11:00 am ET
First album under deal, Waylon Sings Hank Williams, makes its major-label debut this week
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2006--
World Digital Media Group, L.L.C. (WDMG) and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) today announced a long-term agreement during which WDMG will produce 45 albums for distribution via UMe. WDMG's label, YMC Records, will produce a great deal of original content such as the first album from Ali Lohan, younger sister of Lindsay Lohan, and the much-anticipated Waylon Jennings release.
The Waylon Sings Hank Williams album is the first under the WDMG/UMe deal, and it will be released Aug. 29, 2006. Jennings originally recorded the 12 Hank Williams classics in 1985, when Jennings was at the peak of his vocal power, and then laid them aside to complete other projects. The Waylon Jennings album will be followed closely by another major release - the first album by Ali Lohan - which hits the street Oct. 10, 2006.
"We are pleased and privileged to partner with Universal Music Enterprises, a division of the world's largest music company," said Chris Christian, CEO of WDMG, and a multiple Grammy- and Dove Award-winning record producer, performer, songwriter, and record label executive. "We believe that Universal deeply understands and supports the new music paradigm upon which our company was founded. We look forward to exploring new ways of promoting artists of all genres to target audiences supported and marketed through new digital media as well as traditional avenues. To do so, we will leverage the resources of WDMG, UMe and our partners' national reach to bring music to the marketplace in ways that benefit the artists as well as our companies."
YMC Records will release several CDs as part of the 20th Century Masters/Millennium Christmas Collection created by UMe. YMC Records' Christmas 2006 releases include the following titles: The Best of Vanessa Williams Volume Two; The Best of Willie Nelson; Smooth and Soulful Christmas; Christmas Classics On Piano; and On This Christmas Night.
WDMG is an integrated media and content company focused on the marketing, distribution, and sales of independent, known, and world music artists through retail, television, radio, the Internet, and wireless devices. Formed last year by RadioShack, the DISH Network, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and CC Entertainment, WDMG is one of the first companies to be conceptualized, developed and launched fully leveraging and integrating all possible media to bring music directly to the public in various forms, from physical CDs to digital.
WDMG currently operates two divisions, YMC Records and YMCtv. YMC Records focuses on original content circulated through major distribution as well as the specialty retail market, offering artists the benefit of corporate marketing as well as national distribution through the major record outlets.
YMCtv is producing next-generation multi-platform music programs for a variety of distribution outlets including cable, broadcast, broadband, wireless, satellite, Internet, and foreign markets. Its first project, City Sessions, spotlights the hottest indie bands by producing high-definition shows of each artist in a recording studio session. The result is a new and unique format combining the best of both a live recording in a real studio and high-definition video which works on platforms globally. City Sessions has already filmed in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles, and its next stop is Nashville this fall.
YMCtv is soon to launch on the DISH Network. Artists interested in City Sessions and YMC Records should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About World Digital Media Group
World Digital Media Group (WDMG) is a multi-platform music and digital content company focused on the marketing, distribution, and sales of independent, known, and world music artists through retail, television, radio, the Internet, and wireless devices. Formed by RadioShack Corporation, EchoStar Communications Corporation, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and CC Entertainment, WDMG is one of the first companies to be conceptualized, developed and launched fully leveraging and integrating all possible media by maximizing the existing reach of its assets, bringing music directly to the public in a variety of forms. The CEO of WDMG is Chris Christian, a multiple Grammy- and Dove Award-winning record producer, performer, songwriter, and record label executive.
About YMC Records
YMC Records is a division of WDMG, focused on bringing new and unknown artists to the forefront of the music scene through both traditional and new-media outlets. YMC Records has released projects by such artists as Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Vanessa Williams, Waylon Jennings, Patti Austin, The Pointer Sisters, Take Six, and Al Jarreau. Chris Christian, a Grammy- and Dove Award-winning producer, performer, and songwriter, is the label's CEO.
Universal Music Enterprises
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG. Working in concert with all of the company's record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technologies such as the Internet. UMe is comprised of several business units and record labels: Universal Chronicles, the unit that manages and markets UMG's extensive catalog through retail channels; UTV Records, the television marketing unit; Hip-O Records, its independent label that releases CDs and DVDs from outside sources; New Door Records, a label dedicated to producing new music from historically significant recording artists whose catalog is controlled by UMG labels; UMe Digital, the first all-digital label from a major music company; Universal Music Media, a company that produces infomercials and long-form music programming; Universal Music Special Markets; Universal Film & Television Music; and Universal Music Media, the industry's first company dedicated exclusively to the creation of infomercials as a vehicle to market music.
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Source: World Digital Media Group
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