Wolf Alice nominated as Album of the Year on Mercury Prize shortlist!

Wolf Alice PR shot

Wolf Alice has been nominated as one of the 12 artists shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize in the UK!

The Mercury Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music and the artists who produce it. This is done primarily through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’.

The Mercury Prize for Album of the Year is the music equivalent to the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for art.

The main objectives of the Mercury Prize are to provide a snapshot of the year in music, to encourage debate and discussion about music, and to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience.

Wolf Alice’s latest album, My Love is Cool, won the Indie Breakthrough of the Year award at the AIM Independent Music Awards early September of this year. This is a fantastic achievement for Wolf Alice and we wish them all the luck!

Check out Wolf Alice and the other nominations over on BBC Music.

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Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Lands #1 on Billboard Top 200!

Janet Jackson

Congratulations Janet Jackson! Unbreakable earned #1 Album on this week’s Billboard Top 200!
We’re proud of the INgrooves team who worked so hard on the Unbreakable release. Let’s celebrate!

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INgrooves Music Group Announces Expanded Distribution Deal with R2G Across Greater China

INgrooves Music Group has signed an expanded distribution deal for Greater China with R2G, China’s digital music distribution leader.  INgrooves is one of the world’s leading independent providers of music distribution, marketing and technology services to today’s music community.

As part of this expanded deal, R2G will distribute the INgrooves catalogue to Chinese music services and mobile operators and ensure that proper licensing fees are paid and collected – a market situation which is showing signs of improvement. The agreement includes digital rights to over one million recordings from the likes of Wolf Alice, Nerina Pallot, Mazzy Star, Modestep, David Cook, Joe Bonamassa, Nerina Pallot, Thievery Corporation and many more.

With over 10 years of market expertise, R2G has established, by far, the most extensive digital music coverage in China. R2G is part of China Music Corporation (CMC) which is the largest music platform in the world, in terms of active user base, and is also the largest digital music aggregator and licensing platform in China.

R2G’s pragmatic approach to dealing with the copyright environment has enabled many content providers to tap into the Chinese market as major Chinese music services start to embrace legal music licensing.

Alex Branson, INgrooves’s International Managing Director said: “We are excited to be part of the new changes that are happening in China with regards to licensing. INgrooves is optimistic that with R2G’s expertise and network, we can better integrate with this developing market and make our clients’ music catalogues available to fans via the various music services R2G reaches.”

INgrooves, works with more than 3,000 labels and distributes its music to over 600 music services globally, and the expanded distribution in greater China represents significant growth for the Company’s global footprint and consumer reach.

Mathew Daniel, President of R2G, said: “We are happy to be working with INgrooves and taking this exciting step forward to give their artists the opportunity to reach more music services in China, and for them to be paid accordingly for it. INgrooves has a very extensive catalogue that will certainly give millions of music fans in China a much wider selection.”

With China’s largest music services only carrying a few million songs, the INgrooves catalogue would serve to present Chinese fans with a significant influx of new music.

CMC CEO, Xie Guomin said: “We are committed to developing a vibrant and healthy marketplace for music in China which will be of great benefit to artists, and we are delighted to have one of the world’s biggest independent music distributors, INgrooves, as our partner to further that aim.”

About INgrooves Music Group:
INgrooves Music Group is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry. The Company is comprised of INgrooves Distribution Services, INresidence Artist Services and INgrooves Rights Services. All divisions of the company work together to provide independent labels, established artists and other content owners with the most transparent and scalable distribution tools, rights management services, and thoughtful marketing solutions that enable them to maximize their sales in today’s dynamic global marketplace. For more information, visit: INgrooves.com.  INgrooves Music Group is a division of Isolation Network, Inc.

R2G is the leading music distribution service provider with licensing deals across most of the major Service Providers in China, combined with rights from both local and international Content Providers. R2G is also one of the largest distributors of Chinese music to global music services like iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

China Music Corporation (CMC) is not only the largest music platform in the world in terms of active user base with 389 million users, but is also the fastest growing with a share of 73.7$ of total internet users in China. As the largest digital music aggregator and licensing platform in China, CMC controls 32% of all licensed music in China. With a multi-platform coverage over mobile, PC and IPTV, CMC’s properties include Kugou, Kuwo, R2G and Rainbow Music which are all leading players in their respective categories.

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Congratulations on a Career Sales Week for Iron Maiden!


Congratulations on a huge Week for Iron Maiden who scored the best Billboard 200 performance of their career, and their best sales week in Nielsen history with The Book of Souls!


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Bob Roback CEO Isolation NetworkSAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Board of Directors of Isolation Network announced today that digital music veteran Bob Roback has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company. Isolation Network is the parent company of the world’s leading global independent music distributor INgrooves, successful e-book division, INscribe Digital, and enterprise software division IN Enterprise Solutions, which provides the North American digital distribution platform for the world’s largest record company, Universal Music Group.

Mr. Roback is a pioneer in the digital music arena, joining with longtime partner Dave Goldberg in 1994 to found LAUNCH Media, one of the world’s first digital music enterprises. After a highly successful run, the company was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. in 2001. As part of the sale, Mr. Roback became Head of Music at Yahoo!, overseeing its global music operations until 2007.

“Throughout his career, Bob has successfully launched and led future facing companies that helped to push digital music and media businesses forward in innovative ways,” said Jay Boberg, Chairman of the Board. “With our revenues now exceeding $150 million a year, we feel he is the perfect executive to lead our global executive team into our next phase of growth.”

Mr. Roback commented, “I am thrilled to be joining Isolation Network and working alongside Jay, Co-Founder Matt Burns and the rest of the talented and dedicated executive team who have grown this business into the global leader it is today.”

Most recently, Mr. Roback was President of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation where he remains a member of its board of directors. Prior to that, he served as Co-Founder and CEO of Dashbox, a workflow management system and marketplace for music licensing. Dashbox was acquired by FilmTrack in 2014. Mr. Roback also served as Co-Founder/Managing Director of The Media Farm, a company which owns and manages entertainment intellectual property.

Mr. Roback holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Mr. Roback replaces former CEO, Robb McDaniels who exited the company at the end of 2014.

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INgrooves Names Gabriella Ianni Director of Promotion & Marketing


(New York)  INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music distribution & marketing companies, announced today that music promo veteran, Gabriella (D’Agostino) Ianni, has joined as their new Director of Promotion & Marketing, based in the company’s New York office. Gabriella will handle promotional duties for select releases at traditional radio where she will report directly to Michael Plen, VP of Promotion & Marketing, INresidence.  Additionally, she will be responsible for both account management and supporting the overall promotion & marketing efforts for INgrooves partners within SiriusXM.  The role represents a fundamental shift in traditional distribution account management where the lines are now blurred between retail & promotional partners, dictating a new breed of manager.

​”We’re ecstatic to have Gabriella join our expanding INgrooves Marketing team. Having seen her talent in radio, Music Choice and promotion, I know her expertise and intensity to be of the highest caliber,” said Plen. “Her passion for music and her superb creativity will serve our promotional partners at radio, media and SiriusXM with the highest level of ingenuity, and take our INgrooves partners to new heights across all releases.”​

Gabriella began her career in radio & promotion working as Midday host at KMBY in Monterey, CA and then as APD/MD of WHRL in Albany, NY. Soon thereafter, she  joined Astralwerks/EMI as Head of College & Specialty Promotion. Since then, she has held positions with Glassnote Records as Head of Radio Promotion, Entercom Boston (93.7 Mike FM) Promotion Director, Music Choice as Program Director of Alternative, Rock & College, and most recently with MegaForce Records as Head of Promotion.

“I come from a family with a vast history in music & arts, and all I’ve ever wanted to do is help artists,” said Ianni. “I am thrilled to continue my journey in independent music promotion with INgrooves. This is a company who is boldly keeping pace with the evolution of the music business and providing more marketing opportunities to their creative partners for true exposure.”

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( Original article, “INGROOVES SIGNS NEW ALBUM DEALS FOR NERINA PALLOT AND STEREOPHONICS” published at MusicBusinessWorldwide. )

nerina-pallot-ingroovesThe artist and label services on offer at INgrooves Music Group are being utilised by both Stereophonics and Nerina Pallot for their new albums.

Former major label artist Nerina Pallot is releasing her new album, The Sound and the Fury, on her own label worldwide via INgrooves’ INresidence artist service division.

INresidence has been working directly with Pallot to put together a campaign for the release, which arrives both digitally and physically in September.

The album announcement was accompanied by the launch of a new track, The Road, highlighting the humanitarian issues surrounding migrants who have been forcibly displaced in the world.

The video for the song – which you can watch below – was premiered in the UK with The Guardian and resulted in Pallot being interviewed on Sky News discussing the issues.



The Nerina Pallot campaign continues this week with a track to radio called ‘Rousseau’ which will have its first play on BBC Radio 2 show from Chris Evans.

Toby Peacock, Director of Label & Project Management at INgrooves, said: ​’It’s a real pleasure to be working with an artist so full of creative passion and artistic integrity.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating directly with Nerina in order to best utilise our collective knowledge, experience and the services INgrooves offer to tailor a solid platform for the release of this stunning album, ‘The Sound and The Fury’​.”



​INgrooves is also releasing the Stereophonics album, Keep The Village Alive, in the US as part of its continuing partnership with Ignition Records and Ignition Artist Management.

Across their career, Stereophonics have released five platinum albums including Just Enough Education To Perform and Performance and Cocktails.

The BRIT Award-winning band’s last album, Graffiti On The Train, has shipped over 300,000 albums in the UK alone.

Bryan Mead, SVP Artist Services at INgrooves, said: “Having already run successful US services campaigns for Oasis and Primal Scream, the INgrooves team could not be more enthusiastic about solidifying our relationship with Alec and Ignition; grand music and great people.”

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Total Treble and INgrooves Music Group are proud to announce the brand new live album from celebrated rock band Against Me! titled 23 Live Sex Acts. Recorded over the band’s year-long, 2014 world tour and helmed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Worriers), 23 Live Sex Acts is an immersive collection of songs that span the band’s entire catalog and provides the most comprehensive look into the powerful Against Me! live experience. The album also marks Against Me! and Total Treble’s exciting new partnership with independent music distribution and marketing leader INgrooves. “Against Me! constantly pushes the artistic & cultural boundaries as heard in this powerful collection – they continue to redefine rock music, the true essence of punk,” said Bryan Mead, SVP of INresidence Artist Services at INgrooves. “This collaboration is a real labor of love for our team.” 23 Live Sex Acts will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 4. Pre-order for the album is now live on Amazon and iTunes, where an instant grat of “True Trans Soul Rebel” is now available for download with purchase.

Against Me! will also be kicking off their summer North American headlining tour tonight, Monday, June 15, in Raleigh, NC. Touring with supports Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and Annie Girl and the Flight, the tour will extend through the middle of July, hitting notable markets such as Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, June 23, Detroit, MI on Friday, June 26, Cleveland, OH on Sunday, June 28, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, July 4, Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, July 11, Vancouver, BC on Friday, July 17, and culminate in a performance at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA on Sunday, July 19. A full listing of dates can be found below and more information on tickets can be found via Against Me!’s official website, http://www.againstme.net.

2014 was a pivotal year for the four members of Against Me!, a year that included world touring and the release of its widely acclaimed sixth full-length album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, that landed on countless year-end lists. It was also an especially successful year for frontwoman Laura Jane Grace who starred in her own AOL Originals series titled True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a 10-episode docu-series that was nominated for “Outstanding Documentary” at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards. While continuing to work on her highly-anticipated memoir and performing solo shows around the country that included storytelling and spoken word, the cultural icon also served as Music Director for MTV’sRebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world. Grace is also currently a contributing writer to Noisey where she writes a bi-weekly advice column titled Mandatory Happiness and, alongside the legendary Joan Jett, recently loaned her support for Miley Cyrus’ “Happy Hippie Foundation,” a non-profit whose mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.

With the upcoming release of 23 Live Sex Acts, Against Me! will remain one of the hardest working bands in music as they continue to tour and deliver empowering commentary through its passionate punk that’s been revered for over 15 years. Against Me! will be making the following North American appearances during 2015. Dates below with more to follow.

15 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre *
16 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm *
17 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm Columbia *
18 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theater *
19 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *
20 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club *
21 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore *
23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar *
24 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *
26 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall *
27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *
30 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *

01 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre *
03 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
04 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
05 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *
07 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater *
08 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection *
11 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Theatre *
12 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre *
14 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall *
15 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall *
17 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre *
18 – Portland, OR – Project Pabst Festival
19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre *

25 – Las Vegas, NY – Life Is Beautiful Festival
* = w/ Frank Iero, Annie Girl and the Flight


23 Live Sex Acts tracklisting:

  1. Don’t Lose Touch
  2. Miami
  3. White Crosses
  4. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
  5. How Low
  6. Black Me Out
  7. Thrash Unreal
  8. Unconditional Love
  9. The Ocean
  10. Sink, Florida, Sink
  11. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rules
  12. High Pressure Low
  1. Don’t Lose Touch
  2. Miami
  3. White Crosses
  4. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
  5. How Low
  6. Black Me Out
  7. Thrash Unreal
  8. Unconditional Love
  9. The Ocean
  10. Sink, Florida, Sink
  11. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rule


About INgrooves Music Group:

INgrooves Music Group is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry. The company is comprised of INgrooves Distribution Services, INresidence Artist Services and INgrooves Rights Services. All divisions of the company work together to provide independent labels, established artists and other content owners with the most transparent and scalable distribution tools, rights management services, and thoughtful marketing solutions that enable them to maximize their sales in today’s dynamic global marketplace. For more information, visit: INgrooves.com. INgrooves Music Group is a division of Isolation Network, Inc

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Amy Dietz Elected to A2IM Board of Directors

Amy Dietz (EVP & General Manager, INgrooves),Darius Van Arman (Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Secretly Group ) and Martin Mills (Founder and Chairman, Beggars Group) are A2IM’s newly elected officers for the 2015-2016 year

Newly elected A2IM Board of Directors (listed alphabetically by first name)

  • Amy Dietz (EVP & General Manager, INgrooves)
  • Darius Van Arman (Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Secretly Group)
  • Martin Mills (Founder & Chairman, Beggars Group)

Read the entire article at A2IM.com

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Amy Dietz Featured on All Access Music Group’s Power Player

Our very own Amy Dietz, who was recently promoted to EVP, was interviewed and featured in All Access Music Group’s Power Player column.

Newly minted INgrooves Music Group Amy Dietz is a veteran of indie retail, getting her start as an assistant buyer in a three-store hometown Minneapolis mom-and-pop chain known as Title Wave, which eventually expanded to 15 locations. She moved on to stints at indie label heavy metal label Red Decibel, housed in the headquarters of her hometown’s fabled Twin Tone Records, home of the Replacements, then was hired at WMG’s indie distribution company, ADA. When INgrooves acquired Fontana Distribution from UMG in 2012, Amy’s name was thrown in the ring for the GM slot by a consultant, citing her experience with indie labels and distributors. She’s proven the perfect fit.

– See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/power-player/archive/21736/amy-dietz

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