Universal Music Enterprises Inks Label Deal with Andy Gould’s T-Boy Records

  Universal Music Enterprises Inks Label Deal with Andy Gould’s T-Boy Records

 Veteran Artist Manager Will Sign Iconic Hard Rock Acts to Parent Company for
                                  New Music

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- January 28, 2013

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) has joined forces with veteran rock manager
Andy Gould to form a new label, T-Boy Records, which will serve as an umbrella
label releasing new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands
with major followings. It was announced today by UMe President/CEO Bruce
Resnikoff and Gould. The first T-Boy signings will be announced shortly, with
releases scheduled for later this spring and summer.

Gould, who currently heads his own Spectacle Entertainment Group, has managed
Rob Zombie since his days in White Zombie. Gould’s track record includes sales
exceeding fifteen million worldwide and seven Grammy^® nominations with Zombie
including securing deals for Zombie to become one of only a handful of people
to have unprecedented success for six feature films as the writer and
director. Gould has also co-managed such acts as Linkin Park (with Rob
McDermott), Pantera (with Walter O’Brien) and Guns N’ Roses (with Irving
Azoff). The label is named after his first job in England as a “tea boy,”
fetching cups of tea for legendary Beatles producer George Martin and his
renowned AIR London Studio team.

“We have had a great deal of success in the past with Rob Zombie,” explains
Gould about his decision to take the new venture to UMe. “We want to sign rock
bands with brand names that do good business on the road, and have been
underserved by the major label system. The idea I had arose out of discussions
with the other managers of major hard-rock acts who all felt their artists
could benefit from an improved label experience. We’re looking to super-serve
this niche audience, which is tremendously loyal, and is often even larger
internationally than here in the States.”

Specializing in marketing catalog, UMe President/CEO Bruce Resnikoff is used
to promoting music with a brand-focused philosophy. “Over the years, we’ve
shifted our strategy away from being a traditional catalog label into a
branding and marketing company. Andy has his finger on the pulse of bands that
have a huge touring base that can sell a great deal of music in both the audio
and video formats. This music is a brand in and of itself. Our expertise is in
finding the connection between those brands and the consumer. It’s about
taking a talent we have here and using Andy’s expertise to identify the right
brands and make the right records in that area. There are a limited amount of
label outlets for this kind of iconic hard rock. It’s about taking new music
to those fans, while at the same time expanding that audience base to a new
group of buyers.”

Gould is also looking to be active in licensing his catalog to films, TV and
commercials, stating, “I want to be a one-stop shop for metal and hard rock,
whether they’re putting together compilation albums like 20 Greatest Rock Hits
or the soundtrack to the next Iron Man movie.”

T-Boy Records will give the bands they sign their own labels, and merely serve
as the parent company, coordinating promotion, marketing, social media,
licensing and publicity through UMe. Added Gould: “I can bring my expertise as
a manager knowing what these bands want, which is to know someone at the label
is looking out for them. The major record companies are no longer providing
these kinds of services. UMe under the direction of Bruce Resnikoff was the
number one catalog label for 2012 with the most number of charting hits
according to Billboard. UMe has taken several albums to the top of the
Billboard charts and currently has the No. 3 album in the country. This kind
of hard work and proven success is what I want for my bands.”

About Universal Music Enterprises

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), a division of Universal Music Group, is the
centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for the company Universal
Music Group. Working closely in concert with all of the company’s UMG’s record
labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a
concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing
initiatives and opportunities in new technologies. Outside North America, the
Universal Strategic Marketing division of Universal Music Group International
works to maximize the profile and value of UMG’s catalogue in international
markets. It acts as a service center adding value through marketing
initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and
international markets.

Contact:

Universal Music Enterprises
Sujata Murthy, 310-865-7812
sujata.murthy@umusic.com
 
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