Universal Music Enterprises Inks Label Deal with Andy Gould`s T-Boy Records

Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:25pm EST

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Veteran Artist Manager Will Sign Iconic Hard Rock Acts to Parent Company for New
Music
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
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.

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

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