FUGA Signs Up Fire, Earth, V2 Benelux and Sounday

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  • V2 Benelux deal includes Excelsior Recordings, Butler Records
  • Earth Recordings nominated for two AIM awards

Digital music distribution and services company FUGA has added UK-based labels Fire Records and Earth Recordings, V2 Benelux and leading Italian distributor Sounday to its fast-expanding roster of international clients.

FUGA will handle global digital distribution for Fire Records’ entire catalogue, including fellow independent, but closely related label, Earth Recordings. Earth have been nominated in two categories at Tuesday’s AIM Awards; Best Small Label and Special Catalogue Release of the Year, for Mikael Tariverdiev’s Film Music. Alongside Tariverdiev, the fledgling label’s impressive roster includes Bert Jansch, The “Inspired” Series, Judy Dyble and more.

FUGA has also picked up the digital distribution for V2 Benelux and its associated labels Butler Records and Excelsior Recordings. V2 licenses artists including Mumford & Sons and Skunk Anansie for Benelux, with its own global roster including Blaudzun, John Coffey and Bombay. Highlights from Excelsior Recordings’ roster include Triggerfinger, Bewilder and Moss, while Butler Records handles artists such as Anneke van Giersbergen, LAMB and Chris de Burgh.

Alongside Fire and V2 Benelux, FUGA has taken on the digital distribution for Italian distributor Sounday, which represents 150 labels, including top Italian dance label Time Records (Hardwell, Alex Gaudino, and Yolanda Be Cool). Sounday’s catalogue of over 500 000 songs includes repertoire from leading artists such as Imany, Lost Frequencies and Feder.

Commenting on the deal, Giuseppe Ravello, CEO of Sounday, said “In line with our business strategy, our partnership with FUGA enables us to increase the value of our assets and develop innovative and scalable services to connect music industry needs with high-tech innovation”.

Chris Boog, Director of V2 Benelux, commented: “We’ve been impressed by the quality of FUGA’s technology platform. With enhanced digital supply chain flows and improved global distribution, we’re excited to integrate FUGA’s technology here at V2 Benelux.

James Nicholls, Owner/Director of Fire Records and Founder/Director of Earth Recordings indicated he was impressed from day one. “Aside from the cutting edge technology, we have had incredible, unprecedented support and enthusiasm from the FUGA team, that rivals our own for the music we release.”

Pieter Van Rijn, CEO of FUGA added: “We’re delighted to add Fire, Earth, V2 Benelux and Sounday to our growing client base. We are proud of our bespoke technology and dedicated services, and we are sure that our great new partners will greatly benefit from our intuitive, efficient and flexible service.”

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About FUGA
FUGA is the high-end technology partner for content owners and distributors.

Offering a broad array of services, providing end-to-end integration, FUGA is the number one choice for some of the largest labels, management companies and distributors worldwide. These include Domino, Epitaph Records, Ultra Records, Ministry of Sound, Red Essential, Hospital Records, Spinnin’ Records, Armada Music, Ninja Tune and Black Hole Recordings.

At the heart of FUGA’s platform is its adaptable and flexible technology that has been built, in conjunction with leading music partners, to meet rapidly evolving industry requirements. This ensures its clients are continually able to execute their content management, distribution, aggregation, analytics and royalty accounting in the most efficient way as the business evolves.

Connected to over 275 digital service providers worldwide, over 2.5 million tracks are currently managed from within the FUGA system, with up to 2.5 million deliveries being performed every month.

Established in 2006, FUGA is an independent company headquartered in Amsterdam with an international footprint.

About Fire Records
Originally formed in 1984, acting as a signpost label for early Art Punk from the likes of Television Personalities, Pulp, Blue Aeroplanes and iconic home to the peerless Spacemen 3, the label imploded under the weight of its own success before being relaunched by James Nicholls at the turn of the century. Since then the label has expanded rapidly and is home to many established artists such as Pere Ubu, Half Japanese, Josephine Foster, Lemonheads, Giant Sand and a burgeoning new artist roster including Virginia Wing, Rats on Rafts, Las Kellies. Nicholls launched his own Earth Recordings a couple of years ago to handle deluxe reissues of underappreciated cult artists.

Nicholls said “We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have had from Earth in its two short years, and I am very happy the work we have done has been recognised at this year’s AIM Awards”

About V2 Benelux
V2 Benelux was founded by Richard Branson in 1997 as part of the V2 International group with affiliates in the USA, UK, Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy and Benelux. In 2007 the current directors of V2 Benelux, Chris Boog and Tom Willinck together with physical distributor Bertus Distribution, rounded off a successful management buyout.

V2 Benelux provide all key functions in-house, like (digital) distribution, (online) marketing, promotion, production, sales and accounting.

About Sounday
Sounday is a fully integrated one-stop-shop platform accessible via web and mobile where artists, record labels, and managers running music projects can manage, distribute, and promote their digital content. With Sounday’s customizable and proprietary technology, professionals worldwide can control the entire music lifecycle of a project at an affordable price.

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