Indie Labels

3 Top Indie Labels Exit ADA For Redeye

North Carolina-based independent distributor Redeye has announced new U.S. distribution deals for physical products with top indie labels Beggars Group, Domino Recording Co. and Saddle Creek.

All three labels were previously distributed by ADA owned by Warner Music Group.

ADA was among the major owned distributors experiencing repeated delivery issues over the last year. The problems were allegedly caused by Direct Shot, a company that provides supply chain services and fulfillment of CD, vinyl and other physical goods for Universal, Sony and WMG and their distributors.

“Historically, independent labels have always seen getting records into stores as the first business decision they need to make.“ says Martin Mills, Beggars Chairman. “But now that physical is such a small and decreasing part of the majors’ business, for indies, to whom physical, and especially vinyl, is so much more important, to partner with the majors for distribution has become arguably anachronistic. Beggars works with great, fully independent distributors everywhere else in the world, and believes in bringing the advantages of our scale to the sector; and much as we’re sorry to leave ADA, with whom we’ve had incredible success, we’re very happy to be fully independently distributed at last in the USA.”

“Over the years, we have looked at the Beggars Group as the gold standard of what could be achieved by an independent company with hard work and dedication to artists and music,” said Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Redeye. “Additionally, Domino and Saddle Creek are among the many great labels we’ve stayed connected to over the years so we’re proud to now have them all as part of the family.”

“It’s been impressive to watch how Glenn Dicker, Tor Hansen, and the Redeye team have grown the company over the past decade,” says Kris Gillespie, Domino Managing Director, “and we’re very excited to be starting the new one with them as our distribution partner.”

“Redeye feels like the right place for us to be,” says Robb Nansel of Saddle Creek. “With a staff that is clearly made up of music fans and creators, we are excited to be a part of the independent community at Redeye and we look forward to growing together in the future.”

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