Digital Music Groups Acquires Green Linnet Records

DANBURY, CT (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Digital Music Group, Inc., a content owner and distributor of digital music recordings focused on past-hits, out-of-print, back catalog, and independent label recordings, has acquired Green Linnet Records, a leading Celtic music label, and its affiliated World music label, Xenophile. Under the terms of the acquisition, DMGI acquired the master recordings of the Green Linnet catalog and will sell these recordings through online music stores worldwide. As part of the master recordings, DMGI will own both the digital rights and the rights to license these songs to third parties for physical album production. Previously, DMGI had a short-term agreement with Green Linnet covering digital distribution only.

The Green Linnet catalog includes more than 2,400 tracks from leading Celtic artists such as Niamh Parsons, Old Blind Dogs, Lunasa, Patrick Street, and Tannahill Weavers.

"We're very excited to have Green Linnet as part of the growing list of music labels we own or distribute," said Mitchell Koulouris, CEO of DMGI. "The digital music marketplace is a great way for consumers everywhere to find and experience all types of music, including Celtic."

Additionally, DMGI plans to release portions of the Green Linnet catalog through ringtone, mastertone, and over-the-air download sales channels as they are added as part of the Digital Music Group distribution network.

"Green Linnet happened because 30 years ago I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time and heard a fiddle in the best of settings — a tiny pub, dirt floor, deep in the West of Ireland," said Wendy Newton, president of Green Linnet. "Instantly addicted, I thought if I could bottle and sell the way the music made me feel I could probably get a whole generation hooked! Now here comes Digital Music Group, right there on the cusp of tomorrow, also in the right place at the right time. I'm thrilled to pass the Green Linnet torch to such a sharp team of innovators."

–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner