PLANTATION, Fla., Nov. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: AENT) (“Alliance Entertainment”, “Company”), a distributor and wholesaler of the world’s largest in stock selection of music, movies, video games, electronics, arcades, toys and collectibles, today announced that its independent distribution arm AMPED Distribution, a leading force in Independent Music distribution with an exceptional roster of artists and labels, has partnered with Vydia, an end to end solution to empower the next generation of music creators, managers, and labels, to expand Vydia’s capabilities for physical distribution.
Vydia provides an all-in-one platform with cutting-edge technology that provides the digital infrastructure for audio and video distribution, content protection, rights management, advanced payments, and data tracking from one easy-to-use application. Under the partnership Vydia will add physical distribution services to its existing online revenue management solutions for labels. Vydia will utilize AMPED’s distribution network, which sells and markets music through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and over 3,300 independent music stores in the U.S.
“Vydia’s delivers digital content to over 200 global audio and video destinations, and this partnership adds physical retailer distribution for its artists,” said Jeff Walker, CEO and CFO of Alliance Entertainment. “From Vydia’s centralized platform, artists can now efficiently control physical direct to store fulfillment provided by AMPED. Artists can further monetize their music and videos through sales of CDs and Vinyl, which continue to be popular with collectors and superfan markets. We look forward to working with the team at Vydia to integrate physical distribution into their robust suite of services.”
Mark Gorman, Co-President of Vydia, added, “Moving from digital to physical distribution is a complex transition for artists, and AMPED is a premier partner for our artists to reach music fans and consumers directly and easily, while being able to have comprehensive coverage with AMPED’s retailers large and small.”
Vydia is an end-to-end music technology platform and services company that provides labels with the infrastructure and tools to power their business. The company’s innovative solutions in rights management, automated royalty accounting, advanced payments, and daily performance analytics provide leaders in music and culture with the unfettered ability to publish, distribute and monetize their audio-visual content on a global scale. Vydia is a wholly-owned division of gamma, the artist-first multimedia platform providing creative and business services across all artistic and commercial formats founded by CEO Larry Jackson and President Ike Youssef. For more information visit www.vydia.com.
About AMPED Distribution
AMPED is one of the fastest growing, top-tier independent distributors committed to developing and growing independent artists and labels worldwide. A part of Alliance Entertainment, AMPED gives the indie community access to a global distribution system with the largest sales force, a seasoned and skilled staff that provides a suite of services and data second to none. AMPED’s customer base is the largest in the industry directly servicing brick and click retailers large and small along with (DTC) direct consumers. AMPED’s growing roster of labels include labels such as Believe Digital, Better Noise, Big Loud, By Norse, Cleopatra Records, Compass Records, Compound Interest, Earache, Empire, Epitaph Records, Firebird Records, Flatiron, Fuga, GoodToGo, Herp Alpert Presents, Hopeless Records, Iconic Artist Group, IDLA, Integral (PIAS, Harmonia Mundi), Kai Media, Kartel, Lex Records, Mascot, Merge Records, MNRK (eOne, Dualtone), Nettwerk Music Group, Nuclear Blast, Polyvinyl, Proper Music Group, Rebel Records, Reservoir Media (Chrysalis, Tommy Boy), Ruf Records, Secretly Music Group, Shanachie, Smithsonian Folkways, Sub Pop, Warner Classics and more. For more information, visit www.ampeddistribution.com.
About Alliance Entertainment
Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT) is a premier distributor of music, movies, toys, collectibles, and consumer electronics. We offer over 375,000 unique in stock SKU’s, including over 57,300 exclusive compact discs, vinyl LP records, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. Complementing our vast media catalog, we also stock a full array of related accessories, toys and collectibles. With more than thirty-five years of distribution experience, Alliance Entertainment serves customers of every size, providing a robust suite of services to resellers and retailers worldwide. Our efficient processing and essential seller tools noticeably reduce the costs associated with administrating multiple vendor relationships, while helping omni-channel retailers expand their product selection and fulfillment goals. For more information, visit www.aent.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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