Mercury Prize Shake-Up For The UK Award’s 25th Anniversary

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It’s all change at the 2016 Mercury Prize as a new set of judges are introduced this year. While the final line-up hasn’t been officially announced yet, we do know that several familiar faces will be joining the panel including Jarvis Cocker, who has won a Mercury prize himself. Jazz musician Jamie Cullum and 2014 Mercury nominee and poet Kate Tempest are also judging this year, alongside Radio 1 DJ Annie MacWolf Alice lead singer Ellie Roswell, will also be joining the panel! Winners of the Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ will be announced August 4th. 

This is very exciting news for the UK-based alternative rock band who grabbed a nomination for Album of the Year on the Mercury Prize Shortlist in 2015. Congratulations, Ellie, and good luck to all the nominees!

Read the full article over at Telegraph UK

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Wolf Alice double at the NME Awards

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Wolf Alice beat stiff competition to win two of the most coveted awards at last night’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas at a ceremony at O2 Academy Brixton in London. The Best Live Band category had seen them pitted against The Maccabees, The Libertines, Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Royal Blood. They were also victorious in the Best Track category for their Giant Peach single ahead of Coldplay, The Libertines, The Weeknd, Skepta and Foals.

The INgrooves Music Group team would like to congratulate the band and their label Dirty Hit for this fantastic achievement!

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Wolf Alice Nominated for Brit Award

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We are delighted to inform you that one of our INternationally distributed artists, Wolf Alice [Dirty Hit], have just been nominated for a Brit Award. The prestigious UK awards take place at a star-drenched event at The O2 in London at the end of February and are presented by the British Phonographic Industry [BPI].
 
Wolf Alice have been nominated in the British Breakthrough Act category and are up against Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Bay, Jess Glynne and Years And Years. All at INgrooves congratulate them on the fantastic achievement of being nominated and wish them the very best of luck.
 
We’ll let you know how they get on.
 
View the entire list of Brit’s 2016 Nominees here.

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58th Grammy Awards: Congratulations to our Nominated Partners!

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Congratulations to our esteemed labels and their artists for well-earned nominations!

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
the bird and the bee – Recreational Love (Rostrum Records)

Best World Music Album
Zomba Prison Project – I Have No Everything Here (Six Degrees Records)

Best Reggae Album
Jah Cure – The Cure (VP Records)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Interstellar (WaterTower Music)
*score composed by Hans Zimmer

Best Rock Performance
Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool (RCA Records/Dirty Hit)

The 58th Grammy Awards takes place Monday, February 15th in Los Angeles.
See all the nominees here.

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

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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!

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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!

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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, NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ISOLATION NETWORK

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

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(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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