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    !K7 is a Berlin-based record label and label group with offices in Berlin, London, Brooklyn and Japan. The flagship label !K7 focuses on forward thinking electronic music of all varieties. Other labels in the label group include Gold Dust, a hip-hop and urban label; Rapster, which releases underground hip-hop, sample compilations, and DJ mixes; and Strut, a label dedicated to anthologizing the history of dance music through reissues and artist albums.
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    Animal House Records was established in 2011 by recording artist Fleeta Partee, in Seattle, Washington. Having been a Seattle Hip-Hop pioneer since the early 90’s, in 2000 Fleeta Partee cofounded and named Sportnlife Entertainment. Sportnlife Entertainment is also based out of Seattle. Having received a large amount of experience from Sportnlife Entertainment, Fleeta Partee’s Animal House Records is growing more as it steadily releases new music that penetrates the mind and soul. It is distributed by Tuncore.com. Current releases include the socially charged single "The City", and the verbally dynamic "Inception". The label is also maintaining past and present associations as well as its various marketing outlets. Such associates include: Jonathan Moore, manager of Shabazz Palaces and TheeSatisfaction,Vitamin D (Producer), Jake One (Producer), Greg Burke (Shocksound Promotions) and videographer Cnote (aka The Notework) from the Jake One produced "Home". The Animal House catalog of material has been featured on YouTube and Google as well as other marketing related outlets. Animal House Records is staying ahead of the times via its various marketing outlets and will continue to distribute entertainment for those who enjoy the quality sound of its various artists.
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    AMGI is an Independent Music label based out of Illinois specializing in all genres of music. We provide label and artist management to aspiring artist and labels on the rise. Artist on AMGI include-- Vizion 100, A Price, Boss Major, Cutty Stylez, AR Stackz, Faith J. Label partners--G&S, LLR, Ova Eat'n Ent. Video and Movie Production--GLIQUID. MOEST.
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    Celebrating its ten year anniversary, Babygrande Records is one of the premier independent record labels operating today. Founded in 2001, Babygrande has witnessed substantial changes within the music industry and diversified its affairs to remain on the forefront of independent music and innovative technology. We have worked with many artists, spanning indie-rock, electro, hip-hop, instrumental and genres that defy classification, to produce more than 200 commercial releases. Babygrande Records has applied its expertise to both launch the careers of up and coming artists, as well as provide support and guidance for seasoned veterans. Artists we have worked with include GZA, U-God, and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Brand Nubian, Blue Sky Black Death, Hi-Tek, Jedi Mind Tricks, and many more. As we move into our second decade of business, we’re excited to continue our pursuit of quality music and work with artists whose work ethic and skills are top notch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babygrande Feel free to contact us: Babygrande Records, Inc. 101 West 23rd Street Suite 296 New York, New York 10011 (212) 633-8835 inquiries@babygrande.com
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    Represents 4AD, Matador, XL Recordings & Rough Trade Records
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    Bob Frank Entertainment (BFE) was formed in 2012 as a full service entertainment company including record labels, music publishing companies, a film and graphic novel development division as well holding interests in several new media companies. Record labels include Soul Temple which released the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's "The Man With The Iron Fists" in October 2012 as well as Country music legend Charlie Daniels Bluehat Records and Red River Entertainment. In the US distribution is via RED with various partners around the world. Frank was President of Koch Records / E1 Music during their 10 year run as the #1 Independent in the US from 2000 - 2009. He is also a former PolyGram executive.
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    Defend Music is a record label and publishing company from New York. Defends primary goal is to deliver gripping fan-based entertainment that will reach audiences across gender, race, and genre preference borders. Artist on our rooster include Tina Dico, A.R.E. Weapons, Intense, Spalding Rockwell, Fauna Flash and James F!@#$%^ Friedman amongst others.
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    Duck Down Music is a NYC based indie music label, marketing and artist management company. Founded by Drew Friedman (Dru Ha) and Kenyatta Blake (Buckshot) in 1995, the label has released 68 albums, selling over 3.5 million collective copies world wide. Duck Down is home to veteran staple hip hop acts such as: Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean Price, Boot Camp Clik, Pharoahe Monch, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, B-Real of Cypress Hill (solo), Heltah Skeltah, as well as relative newcomers: Statik Selektah, Skyzoo, Random Axe, and David Dallas. Additionally, via Duck Down’s subsidiary company 3D, the company oversees general management label services for the likes of Talib Kweli, and Cinematic Music, which is home to Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Big K.R.I.T., ASTR, and Va$htie.
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    Entertainment One (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
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    Essential Media Group LLC. is a South Florida based record label specializing in multiple genres encompassing all eras of Folk, Blues, Jazz, Classical, World, Rock, R&B and Pop including current Hip Hop, Dancehall, Reggaeton and Dance/Electronic Music.

    We have provided services to a wide range of clients. For major labels to Film & TV projects, our catalog of past and future hits has proven invaluable. Some of our clientele have included: HBO Films, Paramount , Time Life, Universal Music, Warner Bros, Sony Music, SMI, Virgin America, BMG, BMG Ariola, EMI, Kiddix GmbH, Ministry Of Sound, Telstar, Motor Music GmbH and many many more.

    Catalog highlights include current artists such as Baby Bash, Jordan Knight and Third World - Jazz greats such as Django Reinhardt, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker and Grant Green - Folk music pioneers such as John Jacob Niles, Etta Baker, Paul Clayton, The Clancy Brothers, Ewan MacColl and Odetta - Blues masters such as Albert King, J.B. Lenoir, Lightnin' Hopkins, Snooky Pryor, Sonny Terry, Mississippi Fred McDowell - Classical icons such as master cellist Janos Starker, violinist extraordinaire David Oistrakh, modern composer Arnold Schönberg and much more.

    Folk, Blues, Jazz, World, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Rock, Americana, Pop, Classical, Cuban music - all this adds up to one of the most diverse catalogs in the industry, encompassing all genres with exclusive content.
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    Since its inception on July 14, 1994, Fat Beats, Inc. has had one mission: to become the international Mecca for true lovers of Hip Hop. Owned by Joseph Abajian (DJ, B-Boy, and producer, DJ Jab), and partners with Ryan Sikorski in the Amsterdam operation, Fat Beats first opened it's doors as a small, retail store in a basement location at 323 East 9th Street in Manhattan's East Village. Since then, Jab has seen his company explode all over the place -- worldwide that is -- Fat Beats Retail has locations in NYC, LA and Amsterdam; Fat Beats Distribution is the premier international independent distribution company specializing in vinyl; Fat Beats Records is a rapidly emerging force as an independent label marketing and promoting it¹s own releases to tremendous early success; and the newly operational www.fatbeats.com is destined to corner the market in on-line hip hop sales. Specializing in hard to find vinyl independents, classics, break beats, dj paraphernalia and merchandise such as clothing, turntables, slip mats, and dj needles (as well as cd¹s and cassettes), Fat Beats Retail is THE spot for the music lover with a passion for all things hip hop. The retail stores super-serve the market that the owner and CEO considers himself a part of: the true Hip Hop head. Nothing happens in Hip Hop that the Fat Beats consumer doesn¹t know about. To keep up with the consumer, Fat Beats employees are likely to be top area djs and a true representation of the customer visiting the store. There are current discussions on going regarding the opening of new Fat Beats Retail locations in several major markets spanning the globe.
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    Formerly Known As, Company (FKA CO.) is an American media holding company headquartered in California, United States, that handles management, licensing, press, marketing and record label duties in-house. Divisions and Subsidaries include Independent Artistry, Independent Publishing, Media Production, RecordING LabelS, Url Shortening Service & Rehearsal Space.
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    Lang Van is the owner of the world’s largest collection of Vietnamese music. A family-owned business, the company was founded in 1985 as a music production and publishing company, and has built out its catalog over the last three decades to more than 12,000 recordings, 6,000 music videos, and 22 sub-labels such as Truong Son – Duy Khanh, Elvis Phuong's label EP Productions, Nguoi Dep Binh Duong, and others. Today, Lang Van operates as a music publisher, management company, distribution channel and retailer of some of the biggest names in Vietnamese music, such as Che Linh, Duy Khanh, Phi Nhung, Tuan Vu and many more. Based in Westminster, Calif., Lang Van is the only U.S.- based production company to have representative offices in the largest Vietnamese communities throughout the world: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam since 1995 (19 years), Paris since 1989 (25 years), and Washington D.C. since 1988 (26 years), as well as several retail locations throughout the U.S. Lang Van is currently producing music for Vietnamese artists Rapper Wowy and Nah and Pop Artist Minh Kien, and recently was a media partner for UNICEF’s first-ever ZEROawards gala fundraiser in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, helping to raise $430,000 USD in December 2013.
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    Le Plan was launched in New York in 2005 and aims to bridge the gap between European independent artists and North-American audiences. Our artists come from Pop (Emilie Simon), Hip-Hop (Wax Tailor), Rock (The Penelope[s]) or Techno (Rebotini), but all have in common a home-studio based ethic and a love for DJ Culture. The name of the label is inspired by Umberto Eco's novel "Foucault's Pendulum", and we are distributed by the fine folks at ADA.
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    Nature Sounds is hip-hop record label that was started in Brooklyn, NY in 2003. Some of the marque artists that have released albums under the label include MF DOOM, Masta Killa, Pete Rock, Havoc (Mobb Deep), R.A. the Rugged Man, DJ Babu and many more. Journalists, tastemakers and fans alike have championed Nature Sounds often comparing them to legendary hip-hop independents like Loud Records and Rawkus Records. More importantly, the critical acclaim has translated to sales, landing many Nature Sounds release atop Billboards Hip-Hop, Independent and even Pop charts.
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    Eddie O'Loughlin is the President of Next Plateau Entertainment and previously co founded the successful independent company Midland Records International. O’Loughlin has a reputation for being a "hands on" music executive and International stars and Grammy winners discovered by him include Silver Convention, Carol Douglas, John Travolta, Jenny Burton, Sharon Brown, Salt-n-Pepa, Paperboy, Sybil, Sweet Sensation, KWS, Boy Krazy, Nina Sky, Patrizio, million album selling ring tone star The Crazy Frog, the Certified Gold soundtrack to the movie Studio 54, and others who have garnered over 40 Gold and Platinum certifications.
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    Pandisc Music Corp. (Pandisc Records) is your official Miami-Booty-Bass heritage label and much, much more. Established in 1982 initially as a dance label, Pandisc quickly capitalized on a new, raw sound that had sprung up on the streets of Miami - BASS. Exploiting the genre in all its forms - booty bass, competition car audio and eventually breaks music - Pandisc is the home to many bass artists including Bass Mekanik, Beat Dominator, DJ Baby Anne, Young and Restless, Splack Pack, Clay D and DJ Laz. Additionally, many Miami Freestyle artists are represented on the label including Trinere and Debbie Deb. Lastly, Pandisc is the home of the legendary, XXX-rated rapper BLOWFLY. 'Nuff said. Led by its founder Bo Crane and still fiercely independent, Pandisc Records still strives to capture the sound of the Magic City. Affiliated with Pandisc are the labels StreetBeat and Kriztal.
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    Launched in the early 90s, the NYC-based Penalty Recordings was originally a joint venture with then Tommy Boy/Warner Music and home to some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop music. The imprint went on to become one of the most respected and influential independent record companies of the 90s. Penalty’s moniker and revolutionary spirit was also manifested in the lyricists they signed such as Noreaga (NORE), CNN, Lord Finesse, The Beatnuts, J-Live, Crooked Lettaz (David Banner) and Skull Duggery with No Limit, in addition to the projects they initiated like the AND 1 Mixtape DVD series. Now, two decades later in 2014, Founder/CEO Neil Levine has restored the brand under Penalty Entertainment and chosen Sony/Red as a distribution partner. Inclusive of recorded music, artist and producer management, music publishing, touring and merchandising, Penalty Entertainment is involved in every aspect of an artist’s career.
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    Photo Finish Records is an independent record label located in New York, NY. The label was started in 2006 by booking agent Matt Galle. Photo Finish is known for its diverse roster including punk bands, indie rock bands, and hip hop artists. The label's first release was in November 2006 when they put out the debut Envy On The Coast five song EP. Shortly after, they signed Danger Radio, and released their EP and full length record. Photo Finish saw huge success with their next signing, 3OH!3. The band's debut album WANT debuted at #88 and peaked at #44 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Their hit Don't Trust Me soared to #1 on the Top 40 Charts and ended up selling over 2.5 million digital tracks.
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    Psycho+Logical-Records was started Nov. 1999, and has been in business for over 12 years, currently being distributed by Fontana/Universal. Necro started the label because he needed an outlet to release his own music, as everyone was telling him noone wanted to sign white rappers at the time. Master P & No Limit's success contributed to Necro having the fire to take those brave first steps into indie world and every single record Necro has released has been on his own label ever since. The fanbase Necro has now is worldwide with loyal "Necromaniacs" in every country. PLR has released over 30+ releases in 12 years all quality records and never being about quantity. Not only has PLR released every Necro record, but it was responsible for the debut albums of ILL Bill, Sabac Red, Mr. Hyde, as well as other groups & comp records, including mix cds. In 2012 PLR is set to release a collaboration album between Necro & the Legendary Kool G Rap, the group is called, The Godfathers. This is the first time KGR has done an entire album with another rapper, and Necro is producing the entire project himself, in fact, every beat released on Psycho+Logical- has been produced by Necro since day one, no outside production allowed. Necro is a big fan of business legends like Sam Walton, Ray Krok, etc. and it took years for these businesses to grow and become what they are known as today. PLR is just starting to get warmed up, and has made so many mistakes that success is right around the corner for this indie label still going strong after 12 years. Psycho+Logical-Records where it's Logical- to be a Psycho+
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    Founded in 2001, RBC Records is an independent label owned by Brian Shafton and Ben Grossi. Specializing in Urban Music, RBC is currently distributed by eOne Distribution.
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    Rhymesayers Entertainment is an independent hip hop record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, co-founded in 1995 by Sean Daley, Anthony Davis, Brent Sayers, Musab S'ad Ali and Derek Turner.
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    Founded in 2003, Rostrum Records has been at the forefront of artist development for almost a decade. The label has become one of the leading independent movements in the music industry. Rostrum's innovative digital savvy has helped formulate a new and much needed model for the industry. Most recently, Rostrum and Mac Miller made history with "Blue Slide Park," which was the first indie album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts since 1995 (and only the 2nd album ever to do so).
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    Throughout its rich history, the recording industry has produced genuine and innovative independent label owners. It has been said, Fred Munao, founder and CEO of Select Records since 1981, is among the best of those urban and pop music pioneers. Over the last two decades, Munao has been responsible for breaking chart-topping, genre elevating acts such as UTFO, Kid 'N Play , The Real Roxanne, Chubb Rock , Whistle, and AMG. Other past roster artists include the platinum act The Jerky Boys, revolutionary rap group M.O.P., R&B diva Nerissa, charismatic dancehall heartthrob Shawnie Ranks, and alternative rocker Mike Peters , ex-lead singer/songwriter of The Alarm . Select expects the next generation of artists to continue the ongoing success the label has endured. "Our success can be attributed to an emphasis on artist growth and development, which was clearly reflected in the expansive careers of acts like UTFO, Kid 'N Play, and Chubb Rock," the Brooklyn, New York born and raised Munao explains. "For us, in addition to having hit singles and albums, longevity is also a key focus. When readying an artist for release we are always thinking in terms of artist staying power. Therefore, we constantly work on and encourage our artists to hone their writing, recording and performance skills. Some even develop strong studio production ability. All of this, he further informs, "adds up to distinctive, self-contained artists, whose true talent and mass appeal can be limitless." Munao's pre-Select days were filled with memories and experiences that helped shape his current success. His father was a musician whose band became local favorites around the family's close knit Brooklyn neighborhood. "My dad encouraged me to play an instrument but I couldn't get into that, although I loved music per se," Munao recounts. "The recording end of it fascinated me though. Even way back then I remember wondering why certain records were hits and others were not. I must have been vocal about it too, because one day a record producer friend of my father's said I should be in the business." Although he didn't respond immediately, a summer or so later, Munao went to work at his dad's friend's production company. He became its (non paid) general manager. However, in lieu of salary, the invaluable knowledge and experience he gained during his tenure there, and later working at music publishing companies, set the tone and the table for his next pivotal career move-artist management. Munao successfully managed two rock acts in the late 70's. The hottest was a Boston based group called the Atlantics, which he took from total obscurity to touring with such rock legends as Roxy Music, Cheap Trick, and Boston. Despite the group's popularity during the "New Wave Rock" era, Fred's dissatisfaction with the lack of label attention to the Atlantics planted the seeds for him to start his own independent label. "My feeling was that I could do it just as bad as the majors," he advised. "Yes, marketing, promotion, and distribution all sound pretty complicated and difficult to do on your own, but I never thought I couldn't do it. I knew good timing was also important, and that it's hard for any label, major or otherwise, to work too many acts. From the beginning my focus was on the quality of the artist and the music, not the quantity of acts I could have on my roster." In 1981, in a New York City apartment, Select Records was born. The brain¬ child of Munao and Joseph Fleury, Select has since evolved into a force in the world¬wide record industry. While searching for the perfect niche that would make Select what it is today, the label started out with its hand in a bit of everything. With the very first signings of such diverse acts like The Swinging Madisons (rock), B.J. Johann (country/ pop), Gary Private and Earle Mankey (pop), Select was making noise. About a year later, Fred Munao "hit the streets" and discovered what rap music was about. With a new direction in mind, rap being the focus, UTFO was signed. UTFO, considered as one of the forefathers of rap, carved a path for many others to follow. Daring to mix rap with the heavy metal sounds of Anthrax, this group kept with the Select maxim of originality as well as accessibility. Practicing the early methods of the original A&R function, Select put its feelers out and quickly developed a roster impressive enough to catch the attention of public and industry professionals alike. Soon to follow was an industry explosion of rap records, with Select in the thick of things. Response records became the new rage. Select artist The Real Roxanne, hit the charts with her response to UTFO's hit, "Roxanne, Roxanne." With the right marketing techniques and the proper backing, Select made Roxanne more than a fad. She became one of the first female rap stars. Select has nurtured and developed many acts, bringing them to the top level of excellence and notoriety. One of many success stories for Select is the group Whistle, a hit rap group with the smash single, "Just Buggin'. Whistle has accomplished the much desired position of a Top Ten/Crossover act. Whistle is now recognized as an influential R&B group and praised for their harmonizing talents. One of the most familiar names in rap history is Kid 'N Play. Kid 'N Play have yielded many hit singles and gold records for Select. These stars of stages became stars of screen as well. With the "House Party" movie series came an even greater level of success, surely earning Kid 'N Play the title of most recognized rap duo in the world. Originally starting with the concept of producing EP's only, Select had moved on to produce hit albums and singles as well as EP's. In fact, Select had expanded so much that it started Active Records for its dance acts and Mondo Music for the heavy metal acts. Although Select has stayed in touch with its founding premise of diversity and originality, it has maintained a focus for marketability. Select product can be found in every major chain store, as well as popular "Mom and Pop" music stores. Select product is distributed through ADA and is well accepted in major cities internationally as well. Through the intense efforts of Fred Munao and the specialized staff Select has produced over the years, Select had risen from a concept to a reality. It had carved a name for itself in record history, and will continue to venture into new and exciting areas. As long as there are new and creative artists, Select will be there, influencing the course of music and trends for others to follow.
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    Stones Throw Records is an independent hip hop record label based in California. It was started in 1996 by DJ/Producer Peanut Butter Wolf. Its subsidiaries Now-Again Records and Soul Cal Records specialize in funk and soul re-issues.
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    Perhaps more so than any other, Tommy Boy epitomizes the ideal independent record label, with one glaring exception: success. Tommy Boy achieved it; most did not. Since the independent record label rush of the early 1980’s, most companies have faded into obscurity, but Tommy Boy remained important and has consistently released high quality music by innovating, not imitating trends, and the results are clear. Besides gaining respect from cutting-edge fans, DJs, and audiophiles worldwide, Tommy Boy is among the largest self-distributed labels in America with numerous multi-platinum and gold records to its credit.
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    Viper Records was formed in 1998 to offer a home to artists with material that major labels would not release.
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    XL Recordings was launched by Nick Halkes, Tim Palmer and Richard Russell with Beggars in 1989 to release its rave and dance music. The label has grown into one of the most commercially successful and influential independent labels in the world operating across a range of genres.
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    Young One Records deals exclusively in artists who excite youth, inspire movements and break ground. Artists who, like their label, are in it to chase a dream, whose goals are clear and concise. Young One is shaped by the minds it represents in terms of both aesthetic and approach. In this way the label will always stay young, forever the new kid on the block as inspired, driven and original as the vital moments in music that it seeks to amplify. Founded by three young industry professionals beneath the proven banner of Partisan Records, Young One is uniquely positioned to crush tired old boundaries and expectations.
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