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Business News (more headlines) 06-09-2010

Believe Digital Launches UK Office

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London, June 9th 2010 – Believe Digital, one of Europe’s leading digital music distributors, has announced the launch of a new UK office and the appointment of renowned artist manager Stephen King - who has guided the careers of The Libertines, The Beta Band, The Hives, The Charlatans, Kathryn Williams, The Lighthouse Family, Incognito and many others – to the position of UK Managing Director.
The new UK office, which will be based in London, will act as an A&R, sales and marketing operation for Believe Digital, which also has offices in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal as well as the United States.
Founded in 2004 by former Vivendi Universal Digital Chief Strategic and Financial Officer Denis Ladegaillerie, Believe Digital’s innovative digital distribution and promotion technology allows it to integrate with several hundred digital music stores to distribute independent music across a global network.
As well as being a market leader in digital distribution services Believe Digital offers a full suite of marketing and strategic support options to independent labels and artists with dedicated promotion and marketing teams - responsible for helping build and coordinate tailored digital marketing & promotion strategies - based within its European and US offices.
Believe Digital also provides artists and labels with a range of proprietary online tools such as music players and social networking widgets to help boost their profile and sales as well strong analytics and sales data that allows them to react to market intelligence.
Just some of the labels and artists currently distributed by Believe Digital are: Unique Records, Alela Diane, Cadenza, Sub Rosa, Andrew Bird, Fela Kuti, Bill Laswell, Fargo, Femi Kuti, Gotan Project, Aztec Music, Gonzales, The Shoes, Red Records, Anoraak, MC Solaar, Sébastien Tellier, Kill the DJ, Tokyo Dawn Records, Musique, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Dj Revolution, Luciano, Ravi Shankar, Randy Crawford and Brute Chorus.
Stephen King has more than 30 years of senior industry experience in the artist management field. He founded Ricochet management in 1980, where he represented artists such as The Lighthouse Family, Dina Carroll, Urban Species, Incognito, and many more. In 2002, Stephen formed Creation Management with Alan McGee. Creation’s impressive roster included Mogwai, The Charlatan,The Libertines ,Kathryn Williams, Dirty Pretty Things ,The Beta Band, The Kills and Mew. Stephen also ran Poptones Records and consulted to The Hives among others.
Stephen King said, “I have spent most of my career working within the music business and it has been obvious to everyone for some time that the landscape within this industry is changing dramatically. There are huge opportunities now for labels and artists to become empowered and to build stable and rewarding relationships with both online retailers and fans. Believe Digital really understands and wants to drive the new marketplace and I’m really excited about helping establish the company as a market leader in the UK.”
Denis Ladegaillerie, Founder and CEO of Believe Digital said, “Stephen comes to Believe Digital with over three decades of music industry experience and success and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to our team. He has a thorough understanding of the workings of the modern music industry and the challenges it faces. The UK is a hugely important market for Believe Digital and Stephen’s energy and vision makes him the ideal person to lead our new office here.”
For further information please visit www.believedigital.com




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