September 12, 2005 15:36 ET

KOCH Records Forms Partnership With Linus Entertainment in the U.S.

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 -- KOCH Records and Linus Entertainment have entered into an exclusive multi-tiered hybrid distribution deal for the United States. KOCH Records will take over the distribution of the Linus Entertainment catalog effective October 1st, and will also market and distribute Linus' new releases.

Toronto-based Linus was founded in 2001 by former Virgin Canada head of A&R Geoff Kulawick. In the past five years the label has established itself as one of the top Canadian independent labels, releasing albums from a wide variety of Canadian artists including Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Canadian Brass, and Tuuli, in addition to acquiring the catalogs of Ashley MacIsaac, Quartetto Gelato and breaking artists in Canada such as Sophie Milman, Not By Choice, and Shocore.

Kulawick comments, "I am delighted with this deal and the opportunities it creates for Linus. Having the support of Bob Frank and the KOCH Records team marketing our new releases makes us a formidable North American independent label, with direct access to the US market for everything we do."

The first release will be a "Best Of" package from the critically acclaimed classical ensemble Quartetto Gelato titled "Favourite Flavours," which will be in stores November 9th. One of the most popular and best-selling 'new' classical groups, Quartetto Gelato sell out shows around the world, and are on tour in the USA this fall.

KOCH Records will also be releasing in early 2006 the new album "Pride" from notorious celtic punker Ashley MacIsaac, whose catalog has sold over 250,000 units in the USA, as well as the debut album from buzzworthy, beautiful 22-year-old Russian-born Jazz singer Sophie Milman. Her debut album is a Top 10 selling Jazz album in Canada.

Linus recently acquired the Hypnotic Records catalog including metal titles by Voivod, Kataklysm and Razor which will move to KOCH in 2007.

About KOCH Records

KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last four years (2001-2004). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit

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