DMI Signs International Distribution Deal With Loudeye

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Digital Musicworks International, Inc. (DMI), the world’s first all-digital, fullservice music label, has signed an international distribution agreement with Loudeye Corp., a worldwide leader in business-to-business digital media solutions. As part of the agreement, Loudeye will distribute all of DMI’s licensed content to over 75 music stores worldwide, including Virgin Club, BigNoiseMusic.com, mycokemusic.com and Packard Bell in the UK, as well as local MTV music stores across Europe. The pact was signed at MIDEM International Music Conference.

“We’re extremely excited to be a part of the Loudeye distribution network,” said Mitch Koulouris, CEO of DMI. “They are a great partner with a worldwide reach and a strong distribution channel for our artists and independent labels.”

The distribution agreement will extend the reach of DMI and expose new consumers to DMI artists. It initially covers 17 countries outside of North America, including the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia and Australia. In the USA, Loudeye will also distribute DMI music to AT&T/Cingular Wireless.

“We’re very excited about having DMI as a partner in the Loudeye distribution network,” said Colin Bradshaw, business operations director for Loudeye. “We share a common vision around the value of digital music to both consumers and artists, and are excited to be working together.”

With this distribution partnership in place, music from DMI artists will be immediately available worldwide. Once released, DMI artists’ music will be processed through the Loudeye distribution network and made available to the music stores worldwide that rely on Loudeye for their music distribution.

“We couldn’t ask for a better situation,” said Peter Klett, frontman and singer/songwriter for redlightmusic, a DMI artist. “In the past, it could have taken months or even years to reach worldwide distribution. Now with DMI we get that essentially overnight.” –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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