Warner Music Group (ticker: WMG, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
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Warner/Chappell Plays Perfect GamePerfect Game Recording Co. Becomes First Incubator Label Established by a Major Music Publishing Company Howie Abrams Named General Manager of Perfect Game
NEW YORK, NY, Apr 11, 2006 -- Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music
Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), today announced the creation of Perfect Game
Recording Co., a new incubator initiative designed to promote and
develop emerging artists.
Perfect Game will sign songwriter/recording artists to
Warner/Chappell who are not already signed to a record label and
provide them with the opportunity to write, record and release albums
and singles in a nurturing environment supported by WMG's successful
incubator infrastructure. WMG's East West Records will provide
marketing and promotion resources, while WMG's industry-leading
independent music distributor, Alternative Distribution Alliance,
will handle U.S. distribution for Perfect Game.
Howie Abrams, a former record and publishing A&R executive with the
Zomba Music Group, will head Perfect Game as its General Manager.
Prior to joining Zomba, Abrams held A&R and Marketing positions at
Roadrunner Records and In-Effect/Relativity Records. He will be based
in New York City.
Also today, Perfect Game announced that Brooklyn, NY's The Lordz is
the first signing to the newly formed company. The hip-hop, punk
band's debut album features collaborations with Rancid's Tim
Armstrong, Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick and Everlast.
"With Perfect Game, Warner/Chappell can now organically develop its
performing songwriters in a low-risk environment, with an eye towards
long-term career growth -- in either the independent or the major
label community," said Richard Blackstone, Chairman and CEO,
Warner/Chappell Music. "With an executive of Howie's caliber at the
helm and by drawing on the resources of WMG's successful incubator
initiative, I'm confident that Perfect Game will enable us to kick
start the careers of developing songwriter/ recording artists and
help them grow their audience."
"Perfect Game marks an evolution in music publishing by providing
songwriter/ recording artists with a greater breadth of tools to help
them grow and build a strong fan base. This initiative is also an
ideal way for me to combine my passion for discovering talent with my
experience in both music publishing and recorded music," said Howie
Abrams, General Manager, Perfect Game Recording Co.
About Warner/Chappell Music
Warner/Chappell Music is WMG's award-winning global music publishing
company. The Warner/Chappell Music catalog includes standards such
as "Happy Birthday To You," "Rhapsody in Blue," "Winter Wonderland,"
the songs of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, as well as the
music of Dido, Dr. Dre, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Led Zeppelin,
Madonna, Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, T.I. and
others. Warner/Chappell Music is a leader in creating innovative
strategies for marketing and promoting its songwriters and their
music. The company's extensive catalog makes it a natural first stop
for A&R executives and record producers, feature film and television
production companies, and others looking to record or license some of
the world's greatest music.