For 127 years, Gibson has shaped sound across generations and genres of music, becoming one of the most relevant, played, and loved guitar brands around the world. Gibson announced today it has formed a full-scale partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG)--the world’s second largest music publishing company--in China and Hong Kong. With a catalogue of over three million songs and offices in 46 countries worldwide, UMPG is part of the Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi and Tencent.
Gibson will offer tailor-made support for artists, songwriters, and producers in China. First up for 2021 are the widely popular UMPG songwriting camps and artist events. Gibson has outfitted UMP China’s professional recording studios in Beijing and Shanghai and UMP China marketing and social media will work closely with Gibson in expanding social media reach via joint promotional social campaigns and artist content launches regionally and globally. UMPG and Gibson are committed to supporting charity campaigns and causes that serve the music community, from forthcoming opportunities with major content sites such as Tencent, Tik Tok and Bilibili, to promoting respective artists’ charitable efforts globally and regionally throughout Asia.
James "JC" Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson Brands says:
“We are very excited about the emerging partnership between Gibson and UMPG China to further our support for musicians and for the broader music community in China. We have amazing momentum around the world, and now we have an incredible opportunity to take this momentum to another level with our new partnership in China.”
Joe Fang, Managing Director of UMPG China says:
“I’m excited to announce that UMPG China will be partnering with Gibson, the number one guitar brand in the world. With Gibson’s support, we will now have the chance to jointly promote emerging artists, support music education, and create causes for music education and charity events.”
Internationally esteemed heavy rock and metal record labels Napalm Records Handels GmbH and SPV GmbH are pleased to announce that they have joined forces, combining decades of renowned expertise and passion for music, their artists, and those who inspire it all - the fans. Napalm Records’ acquisition of SPV was completed at the end of November 2020 and represents a logical step in the Austrian company's global strategy.
Long-established company SPV, founded in 1984 by Manfred Schütz, along with its current subsidiary labels such as Steamhammer (featuring a roster including Sodom, Running Wild, Magnum, Axel Rudi Pell, Rage) and Long Branch Records (featuring artists such as Agent Fresco, The Intersphere, The Hirsch Effekt, Silvertomb, A Pale Horse Named Death), is now part of the Napalm Records family. The company’s current location in Hannover, Germany and the SPV team around Managing Director Frank Uhle will maintain their structure and, in regard to new distribution partners and labels, be expanded in the future.
Napalm Records CEO Markus Riedler states:
"The continuation and expansion of SPV GmbH as a distributor and the strengthening of the in-house labels are our major priorities. We will combine all forces, and link them with the power and worldwide network of Napalm Records in order to positively shape the future together. The employees of SPV are music-savvy, extremely experienced experts who are needed, now more than ever, to survive in these turbulent times on the international market. Together with Managing Director Frank Uhle and his team, we will seize the opportunities that currently present themselves and face the ever-growing challenges that the modern music market brings with it. In the ever-changing music landscape, we will continue to deliver our strong digital setup alongside our partners The Orchard, and also continue to provide strong physical product distribution for both our retail partners and the fans worldwide via our mail-order stores.
We have purposefully launched and implemented this major project under difficult conditions in 2020. This was a great team effort, for which I would like to thank everyone involved, in particular to the attorneys Prof. Pascal Charles Amann (Napalm Records) and Joris Brand (SPV). For Napalm Records, this acquisition is without a doubt an extraordinary, historic moment!”
SPV Managing Director Frank Uhle adds:
"With Napalm Records, we have found a synergistically perfect partner for our artists, bands and labels. The international setup and the additional reach and power of Napalm's marketing capabilities mean an important upgrade for SPV in tackling future tasks. I look forward to working with Markus Riedler and the affiliated teams to further strengthen and expand our position in the market."
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In response to the COVID-19 situation, Pitch Black Records has issued a statement encouraging fans to instead of buying from the label to consider buying from bands and underground festival organisers who have been affected by COVID-19.
For those that do purchase from the label, 100% of all sales between April 5 and 15 on the label’s online store and Bandcamp will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund set up by the World Health Organization.
Full label statement:
"These are indeed unprecedented times we live in. It goes without saying that we as well are deeply concerned, not just for ourselves, our families and loved ones but also for our industry friends and associates and of course all our loyal fans and customers. We hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe although we do feel the need to urge everyone to do the simple thing that is constantly being repeated these days - #StayHome.
The whole situation has undoubtedly disrupted plans and scheduling across the world, including ours as well. It actually hit just as we were about to announce our next release, so that will have to wait just a little bit longer…
Thanks for all the orders that have been coming in but please keep in mind that shipping times at this stage are affected since a lot of flights and courier services are grounded. That’s why we kindly ask that you bear with us until this is sorted if you have recently made an order for physical items or are planning to. For the list of countries we are currently able to ship to please check our website.
On that note, as many of you know, this crisis has hit a lot of people in the music industry, be it musicians and bands, record store owners and festival organisers (especially some of the awesome underground festivals around the world which have taken quite a hard hit). We hate seeing so many of our associates and friends being in such an unfortunate situation so one thing we would like to ask is that before buying from us you instead (or also) consider buying merch or something (anything) directly from bands who have had shows or tours cancelled, festival organisers who have seen their month-long hard work vanish into thin air (consider also NOT asking for a refund) and others.
Still, if you do buy from us, we are announcing today that for all sales at our online store and Bandcamp between April 5th and April 15th, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund set up by the World Health Organization. The sooner we manage to beat this thing, the sooner everything will start getting back to normal (for everyone) and every little bit we can contribute will surely help and is definitely better than nothing.
We are offering a 10% discount on our online store (use code STAYHOME) while on Bandcamp we are offering the full digital discography, in case you want to consider that instead of individual albums or tracks, at an 85% discount (so $56.85 instead of $379).
Online Store - https://store.pitchblackrecords.com/
Bandcamp - https://pitchblackrecords.bandcamp.com/
Humanity will beat this, without a question! We just have to be a little bit patient and disciplined. So once again, #StayHome, #StaySafe and always follow the guidelines and advice of your local authorities. One good thing is that you can take advantage of the situation to enjoy tons of great music, so why not go ahead and do just that!
Napalm Records launches online informational hub in response to COVID-19 related tour delays and restrictions
As the impact of COVID-19 is being felt around the world, many of our Napalm Records artists and their teams have had to make the very difficult decision to postpone or cancel their previously scheduled tours. This current situation will cause previously unforeseeable issues for artists and the entire live entertainment industry, but the health and safety of everyone - including our artists, their teams and live music fans - is absolutely paramount, now and always.
Fan support is appreciated and very important, now more than ever. Contributing to fundraising, sharing words of support with artists, and streaming and/or purchasing music will help the beat go on at this difficult time, as bands work to move beyond current necessary setbacks.
For the convenience and planning purposes of our followers and the fans, we have created a landing page on our website, http://label.napalmrecords.com/corona, that will act as a hub for related information – including currently postponed or cancelled tours, related news, artist fundraising efforts, and streaming options. We will update this page on a regular basis.
In addition, as fellow music fans to the core, we at Napalm Records know the importance of sharing the amazing music of our passionate artists with fans – either on the road or in the comfort of their own homes. Therefore, we plan to host links to classic concerts and exclusive new content from Napalm Records artists – such as unique acoustic sets and intimate living room or studio concerts – via the above link, as well. This content will be dubbed the #NapalmSofaSeries. As our artists make this content available, it will be added to the #NapalmSofaSeries section of the landing page.
To kick things off, Wolfheart has already announced a virtual concert for all fans all over the world on April 9th. Fans can check all further details via the landing page link. Stay tuned – more content is planned to be revealed soon.
Napalm Records Owner, Founder and Managing Director Markus Riedler states:
“Our thoughts and well wishes go out to all who are impacted during this difficult period of time and we would like to thank the strong community of fans for their immense support of any and all artists in the past and especially at this time. Whether it be supporting crowdfunding campaigns, purchasing music and merchandise, or even offering words of encouragement to artists via social media - this support is crucial in keeping music moving forward in times like these. Please stay responsible, healthy and safe.”
Napalm Records Managing Director Thomas Caser states:
“The essence of our music – experiencing it live – is hit extremely hard by this pandemic. A lot of artists who were on tours that got cancelled or had scheduled tours that got cancelled or postponed are facing difficult times. But our Metal community stays strong and we have seen amazing reactions, acts of solidarity and support for the artists. This is what our family of Metal is about. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for this. Please keep on being positive, support the bands by listening to their music, show pride by proudly wearing their merchandising, and spread the music by sharing. Keep your tickets for moved tours, shows and festivals, hang in there with us! Better times will come when we all are able to gather again at concerts and festivals to celebrate our music. In the meantime, stay strong, healthy and foremost – HOME! Thank you all!”
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Nuclear Blast adds Paris to the list of ever expanding markets in the world, which already includes Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, and of course, the headquarters in Donzdorf, Baden Württemberg.
The label has additional representatives in Australia, Brazil, Finland, Italy and Sweden amongst others.
Nuclear Blast Paris resides in the brand new Believe offices, located at 24 Rue Toulouse-Lautrec, 75017 Paris.
The new office is managed by Jerome Riera, France and International A&R. He started his career as a musician, working with independent labels and major companies, recording and touring with hardcore, metal and rock bands for 15 years. In the beginning of 2010 he started to work as music supervisor, while developing a publishing and management company.
Myriam Silberstein is the new project manager for France. Having graduated with a Masters in Digital Marketing, she most recently worked as a junior talent manager for brand partnership at Universal Music. Myriam joins as a new force to develop the digital side of Nuclear Blast.
Jerome Riera says:-
"France is a great territory for international acts and we have a lot of strong talents here, so I am happy that Nuclear Blast saw the necessity to have a base in Paris. We will offer all artists the best possible set up to develop their careers both in their home country, as well as internationally."
Marcus Hammer, CEO adds:-
"With this new French office, this new team, supported by our talented marketing and PR team Jean Marc Tristani and Valerie Reux, Nuclear Blast continues its international growth in the metal world, hiring the best people to give to our artists the best assets everywhere in the world."
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Art Gates Records are glad to inform that after 7 years as record label in Europe we are expanding our operations to Mexico, opening Art Gates Records Mexico.
The Mexican market breeds Metal and we have been working very hard all these years to make this happen.
We are pleased to announce this new office that will be our extension in Mexico for the Art Gates Records roster, representing our artists in the Latin market in what is for us an exciting step.
More news coming soon.
What an anniversary! After uncountable releases, TOP 1 chart entries in the internation album charts as well as an gold award, it's time to celebrate 25 years of rock and metal! Or to put it in other words, "Heavy Birthday"!
Napalm Records was founded 25 years ago by Markus Riedler in Eisenerz (Austria) and is one of the leading international labels in rock and metal! With offices in New York and Berlin, as well as an international network of A&R consultants and local promoters, the label is firmly anchored in the scene. For a quarter of a century Napalm Records has combined tradition with modernity in its work and is known for always discovering young artists, promoting new trends and accompanying artists in the long term.
The renowned Napalm Records roster includes international artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Alter Bridge, Hoobastank, Powerwolf, Monster Magnet, W.A.S.P., Hammerfall.
How did it all start then? Markus Riedler remembers:
"I still like to remember the start of the company, a fax machine, a typewriter and a 5-square-meter office and everything in my grandfather's flat." Now many gray hairs later, it fills me with pride to see what we've done for the past 25 years A powerful international team that has been able to do so many things and provides more surprises every day - truly a reason to celebrate, after all, Napalm Records has shaped the music scene during that time - many thanks to everyone behind the company and every day give the very best for another 25 years! "
You can read the full story about Napalm Records in our current Napalm Records mail-order catalog HERE!
Since opening our office in Berlin in 2015, Thomas Caser is the second CEO of Napalm Records. He states:-
"25 years and still loud! We are proud of the last decades! Napalm Records is the best example of what ideas can become, when you work hard and with passion. Markus is a paragon for all successful businessmen. I am so proud that I could do my bit for the history of Napalm Records. And we will keep it up for the most interesting music genre! We managed to grow even in hard times. And we built up an outstanding team spirit – we are ready for the next 25 years!”
International and high-class congratulations - i.a. with Dee Snider, Moonspell, Warbringer, Heidevolk, Nervosa, Megaherz - can be seen HERE and HERE.
Check out out anniversary playlist at spotify right HERE.
In the course of the company anniversary, Napalm Records invited almost all of it's 40 employees from Germany, the USA and Austria to Eisenerz for the first time. From the sixth to the ninth of September, four exciting days were spent in the Eisenerz Ramsau. See the Recap video HERE.
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From September 1st 2018, Johan F. Gren is the new Managing Director at Gain Music Entertainment. Johan has worked in the company with several roles for 7 years and now gets the confidence of the board to lead the company.
The company has, with the label GAIN, established itself during the last decade as a leading player in the hard rock genre with artists such as Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Backyard Babies and Mustasch. In 2014, the company launched an active venture to broaden the music with the labels LINC MUSIC and DOCKS MUSIC where platinum and gold-selling artists like Wahlstedt, Carl Deman, Jay Smith and Alexander Asp are signed.
"Very exciting challenge! After 10 years as a touring artist and 7 years in the music industry, I hope to contribute with a broad perspective on what both artists and the company need to develop and collaborate together in an industry that constantly meets new challenges."
- Johan F. Gren, Managing Director
"Johan has shown a massive corporate commitment and structured leadership over the years. I am convinced that he will further strengthen the company's position at the market"
- Markus Tagaris, Chairman of the Board
The company was founded in 1996 with its registered office in Gothenburg and you find Sony Music among others as owners.
Cyprus-based Pitch Black Records is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and the label is celebrating the only way it knows best - by giving!
A number of celebratory activities have been planned for the entire year and all will gradually be revealed. For now however (and until the end of the year), Pitch Black Records invites everyone to:
Pitch Black Records also strongly encourages all fans to start using hashtag #PBR10years in all and any of their social media by posting anything related to Pitch Black. This will gain them entry to a draw that will be held at the end of the year with the grand winner taking away an absolutely insane prize while runners up will also win a variety of Pitch Black goodies!
Details regarding the draw will be revealed soon as well as for all other “festivities” so keep up to date with Pitch Black through the label’s official website or social media as well as through its iOS and Android apps.
UKEM (United Kingdom Extreme Metal) Records have the following announcement:-
"UKEM Records is 6 years old and it's been quite a journey! So to celebrate, we are offering 6% off all items in the web-store for 6 days plus FREE POSTAGE on everything! It's not much, but it's a small 'THANK YOU' to everyone that continues to support the label and distro. There has been a load of new arrivals and pre-order titles to chose from and remember that we now accept card payments! Thank you to you all - your support is very much appreciated."
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