June 11, 2008 16:37 ET

Ryko Distribution Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Driven Music Group

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Ryko Distribution today announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Driven Music Group to distribute all physical and digital releases from Driven Music's artists in the U.S. and Canada.

Driven Music Group was created by Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member, songwriter and guitarist from the multi-platinum rock band KoRn, music industry veteran Mark Nawara and entertainment law attorney Greg Shanaberger. As a member of KoRn, Welch won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million albums. Welch's upcoming solo debut album "Save Me From Myself" is scheduled to be released by Driven in the Fall of 2008 and will be distributed by Ryko Distribution, along with other Driven releases by Flotsam and Jetsam, 40 Below Summer, Crossbreed, Godhead and Soil among others. Ryko Distribution is headquartered in New York City and is a Warner Music Group company.

In making the announcement, John Esposito, President and CEO of WEA Corp., Warner Music Group's U.S. retail sales and marketing company, said, "We are thrilled to sign this agreement with a young, dynamic company such as Driven Music Group. We look forward to offering Driven the ability to tap into WEA's extensive retail distribution network and get its artists' music out to consumers."

Jim Cuomo, President of Ryko Corp., added, "Independent, genre-specific labels like Driven play an integral role in the business today, and this partnership offers them the ability to benefit from our reach and expertise in the independent music community."

Welch added, "I am so pumped to finally get my music out there to my fans. It reminds me of the excitement that I felt when I signed my first record deal with KoRn years ago. I'm equally excited to have a solid system set up to help other artists get their music out to the world. Everyone at WEA/Ryko has already made me and my partners feel so welcome and we truly feel blessed to be a part of the WEA/Ryko family."

About Driven Music Group

Driven Music Group is an independent record company, dedicated to the very best in "Rock and Metal." Driven Music Group currently consists of the following imprints -- Driven Music and H2C Music. Driven Music produces the best in established rock music, while H2C is home to Brian "Head" Welch, one of the founding members of KoRn. H2C also deals in Christian based metal and hardcore music. Currently, Welch is in the studio finishing up his debut solo album which is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2008. The album's first single, "Flush," will be available exclusively on iTunes on July 8, 2008. In addition, the music group has assembled a stable of gifted and dedicated artists who continue to search for musical talent whose emphasis is both the music and the message.

About Ryko Distribution

Ryko Distribution, an award-winning retail sales and marketing division for independent record labels, sells music and DVD releases from Rykodisc as well as third-party record and video labels, such as SPV, Oh Boy, Blix Street, Alligator, Bloodshot, Compass Records and Blue Underground. Ryko Distribution Filmworks has rapidly evolved into one of the preeminent distributors of DVD theatrical works.

Ryko Distribution works alongside WMG's Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), the No. 1 distributor of independent music in the U.S.

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