Co-Op Music Arrives in the US With New Releases from Yelle, Edwyn Collins, & Jamaica European Label Group Partners with Downtown Music and Fontana Distribution
European label group Cooperative Music (“Co-Op”) will be launching in the US market in partnership with Downtown Music in New York, with distribution handled by Fontana. Cooperative Music USA, based in Downtown’s New York headquarters, will begin operations in January 2010 with releases from Edwyn Collins (Heavenly Recordings) and Yelle (V2) in March, followed by French indie rock duo Jamaica (V2) in April. Downtown, together with Girlie Action, will be handling marketing, label management and PR, and Cooperative Music will appoint a label manager shortly to coordinate the venture in North America together with the London head office.
Co-Op is a London, UK-based independent label group and an international network with dedicated staff in 14 territories around the world and access to distribution in every territory outside of North America. Co-Op has been operating since 2005 in Europe, initially as an independent label part of V2 Music Group, and since 2007 as a division of Universal Music Group International. The label group in Europe includes labels such as Downtown Music, Wichita Recordings, Bella Union, V2, Kitsune, Heavenly Recordings, DFA records, Lex Records, and Moshi Moshi and has released records in Europe by artists such as Phoenix, Bloc Party, Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, The Knife and many more.
Vincent Clery-Melin, Cooperative Music MD said “I’m incredibly excited to be starting this new venture in the US, and to be able to offer US releases to our European artists and labels. We couldn’t have had a better team to do this than with Fontana Distribution, Downtown Music and Girlie Action. We’re also thrilled to lead the way with such great records as Edwyn’s, Yelle’s and Jamaica’s.”
Stayed tuned for further details on the individual album releases.