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EMI Music and Papa Joe Records announce distribution partnership

Ryan Cabrera’s new album The Moon Under Water to be first release to hit stores May 13

New York, NY (May 12, 2008) – EMI Music, the world’s largest independent music company, and Papa Joe Records have entered into a multi-dimensional agreement in which EMI Music will provide digital and physical sales and distribution services to Papa Joe Records in the US and Canada. The partnership kicks off with the release of platinum-selling artist Ryan Cabrera’s third studio album The Moon Under Water, which hits digital and physical retail outlets on May 13.

“With the ever-changing dynamics of today’s music business, it was important for me to find a partner who not only understood the new playing field, but was also flexible enough to adapt and help us thrive,” says Papa Joe Records founder Joe Simpson. “EMI understands that the industry is changing every day and they are responding accordingly.”

For Papa Joe Records, the partnership provides an opportunity to put together a custom team for each artist, including the added leverage of EMI’s global footprint, experience and strong relationships with the retail community, to create a distinctive approach for every album release. Following the release of Ryan Cabrera’s The Moon Under Water, EMI and Papa Joe will work together on other Papa Joe Records artists including newly signed An-Ya.

“EMI Music’s aim is to provide world class service to artists and to bring great music to fans. We are delighted that an innovative independent label like Papa Joe is tapping our expertise,” said Ronn Werre, EMI Music President, Commercial Development. “Joe Simpson has a great instinct for talent and a knack for knowing what will connect with fans. Kicking off our partnership with a high caliber artist such as Ryan Cabrera is a great way to start. We can’t wait to deliver success.”

Ryan Cabrera, whose last two albums sold a combined total of two million copies, first honed his skills on the Dallas music scene. Since then, he has scored hit singles with On The Way Down, True and Shine On. He signed to Joe Simpson’s Papa Joe Records in 2007 after delivering two albums for Atlantic. His first single from The Moon Under Water, Say is in heavy rotation across the country and he will begin an extensive national tour later this month.

About Papa Joe Records
Papa Joe Records is an independent label founded in 2005 by Joe Simpson. Currently the roster of artists includes pop auteurs Ryan Cabrera and new comer An-Ya.

About EMI Music
EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group Limited, the world’s largest independent music company that is dedicated to connecting artists with consumers. Its EMI Music division represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Pink Floyd, Joss Stone, 30 Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams, as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Camille (France), Utada Hikaru (Japan), LaFee (Germany), RBD (Mexico) and Vasco Rossi (Italy).

EMI has been at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing digital music marketplace since it released David Bowie’s ‘Hours’ as the world’s first ever album to be offered as a digital download in 1999. EMI has signed agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute its music across the globe, including its premium DRM-free, higher-quality offering sold through partners including Apple iTunes, Amazon.com and more. It continues to facilitate the development of a growing range of new digital business models to enable fans to experience and purchase its artists’ output through a number of different platforms including, legal peer-to-peer agreements with Mashboxx and GNAB, and a deal to offer advertising-supported videos on mobile phones in the US through Rhythm NewMedia. For further information on EMI, please visit: www.emigroup.com.

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