INgrooves Music Group Founder and CEO Robb McDaniels to Resign from Post


Robb-McDaniels-prSAN FRANCISCO, CA – Robb McDaniels, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of INgrooves Music Group, the leading global music distribution and marketing company, will resign from his post by year’s end, the Company announced today. McDaniels founded INgrooves’s parent company, Isolation Network, Inc., in 2001 and also oversaw the launch of the Company’s eBook division, INscribe Digital, and its enterprise software unit, IN Enterprise Solutions, which manages the digital supply chain for Universal Music Group.

“Over the past 13 years, I have led the expansion of Isolation Network into one of the most forward thinking media distribution, marketing and technology companies in the world, with more than 175 employees in 5 global offices,” said Mr. McDaniels. “But I am an entrepreneur at heart and with the Company in the capable hands of an exceptionally strong executive team; the time has come for me to move on to the next chapter in my life.”

“Robb is a rare visionary in the digital media industry, and we want to thank him for his tireless years of leadership building Isolation Network into one of the largest independently owned media distribution companies” said Jay Boberg, the Company’s Executive Chairman. “We are confident that the executive team Robb has assembled will continue to deliver for our partners around the world.”

INgrooves Co-Founder and General Counsel, Matt Burns, has been named to the position of interim CEO while the executive search is conducted. He will lead an executive team comprised of Chief Financial Officer, Ben Cary, and Chief Operating Officer, Vinnie Freda.
Mr. Boberg, who has been the Company’s Chairman since 2010, has been appointed Executive Chairman, will serve on the Executive Committee and will take a more active role in the Company’s strategic operations.

Founded in 2001 by Mr. McDaniels as a means to distribute popular European dance and electronic music recordings to the U.S. market, INgrooves has grown into the largest independently owned distribution and marketing company in the world, managing over 4 million songs for thousands of artists and labels. As a technology first company, they developed an early understanding of, and relationships with, the myriad of developing digital retail outlets in the evolving global marketplace, becoming a powerful tool for their clients to efficiently monetize their assets.

In 2008, Universal Music Group (UMG), the largest record company in the world, tapped Isolation Network, Inc. to manage their digital supply chain and digitally distribute all of their music in North America, via Isolation Network’s proprietary digital distribution platform.

In 2010, Shamrock Capital made a significant investment in the Company, which enabled INgrooves to acquire Fontana Distribution from UMG, adding more than 200 labels to the Company’s roster in North America and giving them a strong physical distribution service to offer clients alongside their world-class digital platform.

INgrooves Music Group is now a leading independent global distribution & marketing company, comprised of its Distribution Services, INresidence Artist Services, and Rights Services divisions. While INgrooves continues to set the industry standard as a forward thinking music distribution and marketing operation, INscribe Digital has signed more than 30,000 titles, becoming a major player in the independent eBook sector.

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57th Grammy Awards: Congratulations to our Nominated Partners!


Congratulations to all of our label & artist partners who have been honored with nominations for this year’s 57th Grammy Awards!!

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Night Songs
Barry Manilow
Label: Stiletto Entertainment

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Steven Price, composer
Label: WaterTower Music

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Everything Is Awesome!!!
Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Shawn Patterson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, songwriters (Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island)
Track from: The Lego Movie
Label: WaterTower Music; Publishers: Waner-Olive Music, LLC, Drohnend Publishing, Shebar Music, Boner Tek, Snuglar Entertainment

I See Fire
Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Track from: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Label: WaterTower Music; Publishers: New Line Music Co., United Lion Music Inc.

The Moon Song
Spike Jonze & Karen O, songwriters (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix)
Track from: Her
Label: WaterTower Music

Best Comedy Album
Oh My God
Louis C.K.
Label: Vagrant Records

Best Folk Album
Follow The Music
Alice Gerrard
Label: Tompkins Square

Best Bluegrass Album
Only Me
Rhonda Vincent
Label: Upper Management Music

Best Album Notes
Offering: Live At Temple University
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Label: Resonance/Impulse

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Where’s The Cash For Musicians Today and Beyond?


At last month’s SF MusicTech Summit, a panel including Dave Cool (Bandzoogle), Zack Greenburg (Forbes), Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition), Wade Metzler (SoundExchange), J Sider (BandPage) and Amy Dietz (INgrooves) discussed where the money is for artists in today’s music industry.

Being a self-sustaining artist a hard row to hoe – as Dave Cool pointed out, some of the best advice he ever received and took himself was to go get a day job to sustain his day dream – but just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Give yourself a leg up with these career tips from SF Music Tech’s “Where’s the Cash For Musicians Today and Beyond” panelists.

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Roll Call Records Taps INgrooves/INresidence Artist Services to Form A Partnership Crafted for Today’s Music Business


LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles-based independent label Roll Call Records announced today that they have tapped INgrooves Music Group for worldwide distribution, music publishing and its INresidence Artist Services to provide the promotion and marketing muscle for all the releases on the label. The new deal marks the first time a label has engaged INresidence Artist Services for its entire catalog of releases.

“This first-of-its-kind partnership with INgrooves gives Roll Call Records’ artists the most forward-thinking and engaged distribution, promotion, and marketing team we could ask for,” said Roll Call Records head Rob Abelow. “Together we are well prepared to address the challenges of today’s ever-changing industry with a creative, collaborative, and innovative mindset.”

The partnership comes at a busy time for Roll Call Records as they prepare for a packed slate of releases in 2015. San Francisco synth-rock band Geographer have a brand new album slated for March 2015. ON AN ON, an indie rock trio from Minneapolis, are currently finishing their follow-up album to 2013’s critically-acclaimed Give In with highly regarded producer, Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, Spoon). The Lighthouse and The Whaler will hit the studio in January with Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, Local Natives, Stars) to record their label debut, which is expected to hit retail next summer. And Portland, Oregon’s 11-piece orchestral-folk rock darlings Typhoon will head back into the studio after touring for the past year on 2013’s sprawling White Lighter.

“Over the past few years Rob and his team have built one of the most vibrant independent record labels in the world and we are honored he has chosen INresidence to serve as the marketing force behind all of his releases,” said Bryan Mead, Senior Vice President of INresidence. “We are looking forward to working closely with Rob to continue to develop the great artists on his label.”

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Rose Green Music (RGM) enters into Worldwide Administration deal With INgrooves Music Publishing


New York, NY – Rose Green Music (RGM) announced today that they have partnered with INgrooves Music Group for worldwide music publishing & rights services. The announcement was made by founder of RGM, veteran entertainment industry executive, Chuck Wilson. Founded in 2010 by Wilson, RGM’s catalog includes recent notable tracks such a Tove Lo’s “Stay High” Remix featuring Hippie Sabotage, The Roots, “When the People Cheer,” Brodinski’s “I Can’t Help Myself,” Girl Talk, Freeway & Waka Floka Flame’s “Tolerated” as well as over 1500 other tracks from notable artists across all genres.

Wilson, after leaving his A&R position at Priority Records in 2001, ventured off on his own as an independent record executive and has since played an integral role in breaking artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y’s Jet Life, Hippie Sabotage, Smoke DZA, GBE’s SD, Jedi Mind Tricks, Blue Sky Black Death, Jean Grae, and countless other indie artists.

Wilson named the company after his mother, a retired musician and music teacher. “Rose Green Music is still a very young company and we are thrilled to partner with INgrooves to enhance our capabilities and to grow together,” says Wilson. The deal was brokered and negotiated on behalf of RGM by New York entertainment attorney, Andrew Krents.

“We’re thrilled to be working with RGM’s catalog of hit songs and writers which join our growing roster,” says Olivier Chastan, SVP INgrooves Rights Services. “Chuck’s trust in INgrooves Music Publishing is a testament to our committed vision of being a modern publisher focused on providing value-added creative services.”


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INgrooves Music Group Celebrates Fall with Impressive Slate of Superstar Catalog Releases


INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors, unveiled today an impressive set of catalog releases from some of the world’s most beloved artists.

The cornerstone of INgrooves’ impressive fall release schedule are the release of 19 separate 7-inch vinyl singles and 8 LPs from one of the most influential heavy metal bands in history, Iron Maiden.  Fans are also excited by the December 16th release of a retrospective box set from England’s seminal rock band, The Kinks.  Entitled, The Anthology 1964-1971, the 5-CD set contains 139 tracks from the band’s classic years on the Pye label, including 25 previously unavailable tracks, rare demos, alternate mixes and an expansive booklet with extensive liner notes.  More projects from The Kinks will follow in 2015.

Other releases sure to thrill music fans are re-issues from Joey Ramone (Don’t Worry About Me, 11/4 on white vinyl), De La Soul (The Grind Date, 11/17 on blue and orange vinyl) and three more from longtime INgrooves artists Thievery Corporation on November 17th (Culture of Fear, The Cosmic Game, Radio Retaliation), following the release of their first three LPs in September.  And closing out the year, music fans will enjoy the first four works from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds coming out on December 16th (From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against Pricks and Your Funeral…My Trial) with six more titles to follow.
Many of these special releases, including Iron Maiden, The Kinks, De La Soul and Nick Cave, are coming as part of INgrooves’s agreement to distribute the BMG/Sanctuary catalog here in the States.

INgrooves Music Group kicked off the Fall catalog extravaganza with the release of a deluxe reissue of Oasis(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? on September 30th via Big Brother Recordings. The reissue is packed full of previously unheard demos and b-sides in a three-CD set, a 12-inch vinyl LP set and a deluxe box set with the original LP, a replica of the original 12-inch vinyl, a special edition CD, a 7-inch of an exclusive demo and new liner notes from rock critic Neil McCormick.

“It’s such an exciting honor being able to work with all of these seminal artists who have made such incredible contributions to music over the years and continue to release amazing music today.” said INgrooves Music Group General Manager, Amy Dietz.

More information, including specific Iron Maiden titles and release dates can be found on the INgrooves Music Group website – or by emailing

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Top 5 Things Indie Labels Should Do To Maximize Their Music Monetization

  1. Today’s music marketplace is dynamic! Understand how to maximize monetization for all platforms.  Two key examples are YouTube and Spotify. YouTube channel maintenance should focus on: regular updates, thorough claiming procedures and integration with other social media channels.
    On Spotify, fanbases should be built from within: get profiles verified, create dynamic playlists to engage fans, preview exclusive content on Spotify where appropriate, use the embeddable Spotify player across social platforms and explore the D2C merchandising opportunities that Spotify now offers.
  2. Music marketing mind-shift:  Marketing teams need to begin moving from driving “sales” to driving “listens”.  Placing streaming links across the web from playlist domination to fan-to-fan social sharing… driving the listen is the future.
  3. Capture additional and ancillary sources of incomes like publishing & neighboring rights. Also, be sure to consider and include all of your metadata for future opportunities (i.e., Neighboring Rights requires metadata that most labels have not captured anywhere over the past few years.  This is lost money!)
  4. Focus on your core fan base. Create focused D2C strategies and high value physical products (CDs, Merch, experiences, etc) for your core fan base(s). Stay connected to those fans by offering them something unique, as opposed to a simple anonymous sale in a shop.
  5. It’s all in the data! Use data to inform and market. Big or small, know how to analyze key data points from multiple sources and take actionable next-steps based on what you learn.  Look to break apart, aggregate, match, and compare data from social accounts and multiple revenue streams.
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Manimal Label Group Launches and Partners with INgrooves Music Group for Worldwide Distribution and Music Publishing Services


(LOS ANGELES, CA) Manimal Group (founders of Manimal Vinyl Records; who have released records and exclusive singles from Bat for Lashes, Warpaint, Jenny O, Duran Duran, Carla Bruni, Edward Sharpe + the Magnetic Zeros) have announced today that are creating a collective, in partnership with several independent labels across the globe, that they are calling The Manimal Label Group. Manimal has also announced that they have chosen INgrooves Music Group as their worldwide digital & physical distribution and music publishing partner. The announcement was made by Manimal founder, Paul Beahan.

“In late 2013, we started organizing Manimal Label Group as a way for artists who owned their music to build the foundations of creating their own record labels,” said Beahan. “We also started to explore LA based labels that had slowed down their operations to create a new business model that would enable them to be prolific once again in the 21st century. INgrooves offers the most cutting edge technology and high standard business model that we have experienced in my decade of working in music. We are incredibly elated to have them as partners in this new endeavor which will continue to evolve Manimal as a music company and grow along with the best, most innovative and hardworking labels across the globe.”

Manimal has currently signed up fellow indie pioneers such as legendary LA punk/noise label Buddyhead (Icarus Line, Dillinger Escape Plan, Giant Drag, Burning Brides), Franki Chan’s IHC 1NFINITY  (IHEARTCOMIX, Matt + Kim, Heartsrevolution, Designer Drugs), La Société Expéditionnaire (Strands of Oak, Moon + Moon, Blessed Feathers), Vancouver garage label LA-TI-DA Records, Argentinian based Casa Del Puente (DIIV, Of Montreal, Deerhoof). Newcomer labels such as Cautionary Tail (founded by musician/producer Norm Block), Brooklyn based Tacky Records, ex-DiosMalos singer Joel Jerome Morales’, East LA label Psychedelic Thriftstore Recordings, Compton based newbie Busy Sounds as well as  seven more labels. Manimal plans to have 25 labels on board by Summer 2015.

“INgrooves fully supports the growth and creative efforts of Manimal’s new label collective, and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with them,” said Amy Dietz, INgrooves’ General Manager. “We look forward to contributing to the development of Manimal Label Group and providing a variety of global services to their team, including distribution, strategy & sales support, as well as music publishing and rights management.”


Ex-TV and Film producer Karri Bowman has been chosen to head the label group based on her tenure with music publisher Penn Music Group. Manimal partner Nathalia Pizarro is head of their in-house PR firm, Jacqueline Cingolani is head of label group A&R, ex-Sony artist management veteran Lou Marron is now head of Manimal Management (SSION, Barbarian, VOWS and previously-The Gossip,), legendary photographer and video director Nick Egan is head of Manimal’s Creative Collective aka OTTO Creative, Duran Duran co-founder and bassist John Taylor is acting as a creative consultant for all departments within Manimal Group. Founder Paul Beahan along with business partner Dennis Mykytyn and Nathalia Pizarro act as the owners of Manimal Group.

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Joe Bonamassa’s Highest Charting Album – and First Top 10 – Debuts at #8 on Billboard’s Top 200


Blues Boy Beats Music Industry Superstars

Different Shades Of Blue also earns #1 spots on Billboard’s Blues Chart and Indie Chart

Deerfield Beach, FL, October 1, 2014: In an incredibly competitive release week with 15 new entries in the top 30, blues-rock guitar hero Joe Bonamassa was able to outsell and beat multiple superstar artists on the Billboard Top 10 including Lenny Kravitz, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, and Gary Clarke, Jr. with his brand new solo album Different Shades Of Blue (J&R Adventures) debuting at #8 on Billboard’s Top 200. This is Bonamassas’s highest charting album, first top 10, and biggest sales week ever.

The album also earned #1 spots on Billboard’s Indie Chart and Blues Chart. This is Bonamassa’s 13th #1 Blues album – more than any other artist.

Bonamassa’s Top 10 Debut was engineered by J&R Adventures, the label Bonamassa founded with longtime manager, Roy Weisman. It has divisions in publishing, management, and memorabilia and is branding itself as a disruptive and independent entity in the music business. By vertically integrating its business to meet the needs of the artist and the fans, it gives control to the artist and its management directly, rather than to a handful of outside individuals. From this, J&R Adventures has been able to compete against the major labels in the record industry to generate Bonamassa’s current top 10 chart position.

According to Billboard, “Different Shades of Blue is the highest-ranking blues album in almost two years.”

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Different Shades of Blue is the first album of Bonamassa’s career to feature all original material and his first solo studio album in two years. He wrote it in Nashville with Jonathan Cain (Journey), James House (Diamond Rio, Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride), Jeffrey Steele, Gary Nicholson, and Jerry Flowers (Keith Urban). The digital album is distributed worldwide by INgrooves Music Group, as well as physical in the US.

The result is a record with more of an experimental edge than previous Bonamassa records. It’s a blues record that explores the outer reaches and the many different sounds that shape the genre.

Praise for Different Shades Of Blue:

  • MOJO: 4/5 stars, “[Bonamassa’s] most cohesive and satisfying artistic statement yet.”
  • Uncut: “The best yet and then some from an artist whose vision continues to expand with every release.”
  • Wall Street Journal: “Bonamassa takes charge on ‘Get Back My Tomorrow’… a hard-hitting tune that showcases Bonamassa’s voice and muscular guitar work.”
  • USA Today’s Playlist: ”Piercing guitar notes and punchy horns drive home the despair on this track [‘Heartache Follows Wherever I Go’].
  • American Way: “A career high…America’s biggest guitar hero since Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
  • Christian Science Monitor: “Full of catchy songs… and air-bending guitar work.”
  • com: “A hard-hitting set of tracks that showcase Bonamassa’s blazing guitar work and plaintive vocal style to great advantage.“
  • Vintage Guitar: “Bonamassa takes familiar blues tropes, polishes them to perfection, then serves them in a pristine package for the 21st-century blues fan.”

About Joe Bonamassa: As Joe Bonamassa enters his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.  Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.  Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.  Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers at around 150 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools.  He earned his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album in 2013 and this summer played his biggest show in the U.S. to a sold-out crowd of over 9,000 fans at Red Rocks Amphitheater. His DVD Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall featuring Eric Clapton recently earned platinum status.

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Genius Brands International Appoints INgrooves Music Group as its Global Audio Digital Distribution Partner


Read the article at the Music Week website.

Beverly Hills, CA – Genius Brands International, Inc. (OTCQB:GNUS), a global brand management company dedicated to providing entertaining and enriching ‘content with a purpose’ for toddlers to tweens, announced today that it has appointed INgrooves Music Group, one of the largest digital distribution & marketing companies in the world, as its global audio digital distribution partner.  The announcement was made by Genius Brands International (GBI) CEO Andy Heyward.

“INgrooves is one of the largest and most efficient distributors of digital audio content in the world.  We are confident to see dramatic increases in our already growing digital revenue numbers, as a result of this new deal, comments Heyward. “Digital audio platforms such as iTunes and others, have historically generated six figure revenues from the Baby Genius catalogue, and we expect to see that dramatically increase as we transition now to INgrooves with its aggressive and efficient systems.”

“Andy and his team at Genius Brands are developing an excellent catalog of children’s material that fans are going to love,” said INgrooves General Manager, Amy Dietz. “I know I speak for the entire INgrooves team when I say we are proud of this partnership and we look forward to working on each project and delivering this enriching content to children and their parents all around the world.”

In addition to managing worldwide distribution for the GBI catalog, INgrooves will be providing various global sales and marketing and strategic services, including digital music service promotion, project management, release strategy guidance, and more.

Working in collaboration with INgrooves, GBI is positioning the company as a key player in the global children’s entertainment media market.  In addition to its Baby Genius® product line, GBI will also work with INgrooves on the worldwide audio distribution of its children’s brand portfolio, which includes entertainment content from the Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 (SLAM7) franchise, created by the legendary Stan Lee and featuring an all-star voice cast; the animated television series Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, which airs in the U.S. on the Hub Network; and the innovative series Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, which demonstrates how much fun science can be.

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