Digital distributor and label INgrooves has now secured a fresh stable of artist deals, including those involving Jimmy Buffett, Everlast, John Michael Montgomery, Paul Wall, and Chamillionaire, among others.
The relationships closely follow a strategic investment from Universal Music Group, one that allows the major to tap into the proprietary, INgrooves digital distribution platform.
That has raised the profile of the San Francisco-based INgrooves, a longtime player in the space. The artists come through a host of label partnerships, including Mailboat Records (Jimmy Buffett); Stringtown Records (Montgomery); K-Tel International (Chubby Checker, Tina Turner, Little Richard); SMC Recordings (Killer Mike, Pastor Troy); and Paid In Full Entertainment (Paul Wall, Chamillionaire). The Buffett relationship is focused on mobile distribution and content licensing, according INgrooves chief executive Robb McDaniels.
The raft of deals were collectively sealed during the most recent quarter. “These deals have all been signed in the last two months,” McDaniels told Digital Music News on Tuesday. The Universal partnership was officially announced in March of this year.
Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.