A2IM congratulates member Beggars/XL Recordings on Vampire Weekend’s # 1 Debut on the Billboard Charts this week. They worked all the angles, hitting digital hard for both promotion and 64% of SoundScan sales and also had Vampire Weekend at Starbucks and also scanned over 9,000 copies on vinyl. Kudos to the entire Beggars/XL team!
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A2IM congratulates all its label member for their Billboard Music Award nominations: Beggars Group/XL Recordings (Adele), Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift), Dualtone Records (The Lumineers), Glassnote (Mumford & Sons), and Ultra Music (Calvin Harris).
A2IM congratulates its label members Big Machine Label Group and Glassnote on their Billboard Music award wins! Mumford & Sons/Glassnote won the award for Top Rock Album and Taylor Swift/Big Machine Group won 8 awards including Top Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for “Red”. The full list of winners can be seen HERE.
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Billboard.biz: “Q&A: A2IM President Rich Bengloff Talks Export Mission to Brazil“
April 29, 2013
With an eye toward nurturing new revenue streams and increasing their share of the global music market, representatives from 11 independent record labels headed to beautiful Brazil last week to meet with their South American counterparts. The trip was organized by A2IM and funded in part by a federal grant from the International Trade Administration. Delegates from labels including Naxos, Dead Oceans, Yep Roc and VP went looking for new partners in distribution, licensing, touring, performance rights and more. Read the Q & A with Rich Bengloff HERE.
As we have reported previously, A2IM’s second International Trade Administration (ITA)-funded trade mission went south of the border with 12 independent U.S. music delegates traveling to Brazil from April 18-22. The trade mission continues A2IM’s crusade to bolster the presence of independent music exports abroad.
U.S. delegates traveling to Brazil include: Rich Bengloff (A2IM), Robert Williams (335 Records), Paul Dryden (ATO Records), Seymour Stein (Blue Horizon Records), Alec Bemis (Brassland), Bruce McIntosh (Codigo/Fania), Phil Waldorf (Dead Oceans/JagJaguar/Secretly Canadian), Jurgen Korduletsch (Lollipop/Radikal), Jim Selby (Naxos USA), Randy Chin (VP Records), Tor Hansen (Yep Roc/Redeye), Jochen Becker (ZOHO Music) and Rich Bengloff (A2Im)
A2IM member Alec Bemis (Brassland) noted, “The internet has been creating a smaller, more connected world for over a decade — and I can attest that A2IM has been doing an amazing job of making that world smaller and more connected for its members as it has begun its program of trade missions over the past year.”
The pictures below were submitted by the trade mission delegates. They continue for several pages.
A2IM and representatives from 11 indie labels are headed south of the border this week. VP Records, Dead Oceans, Naxos, Yep Roc and more will join American Association for Independent Music president Rich Bengloff on a mission to Brazil April 18 – April 22.
The trip, which will include stops in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, is being funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce in a new attempt to do business in one of the world’s most important emerging music markets. ATO Records, Brassland Records, Blue Horizon Records, Lollipop/Radikal Records, 335 Records, Codigo/Fania and ZOHO Music will also send envoys.
In January, A2IM-sponsored trips to MIDEM in France were similarly subsidized by the Department of Commerce ITA, which has awarded the trade organization
a grant designed to stimulate export sale increases by small businesses to improve America’s balance of trade under President Obama’s “National Export Initiative” program