Marathon Artists Partners With Kobalt In Multi-Rights Services Deal

3rd October 2014, London:- Kobalt Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of a services agreement with UK independent label, publishing, and management company Marathon Artists.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kobalt Label Services will provide international representation, multi-territory physical distribution, digital distribution and sales as well as marketing services to Marathon Artists’ label roster in the UK and Europe.

Kobalt Music Publishing, meanwhile, will administer and provide publishing services and synchronization licensing services worldwide to Marathon’s growing publishing roster, which includes most of the artists signed to the label.

Founded in 2012 by Jimmy Mikaoui, Philippe Ascoli and Paul-Rene Albertini in London, Marathon Artists has rapidly become one of the prominent independent labels and new publishing companies to emerge out of the UK, with an exciting roster of new talent across all music genres, with hotly tipped new artists such as Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett, We Are Shining and Max Jury.

The first release under the new agreement will be “KARA”, the debut album by London based group We Are Shining, on October 27, to be followed by debut full lengths by Courtney Barnett, Elliott Power and Southern in the New Year.

Said Vincent Clery-Melin, Kobalt Label Services UK Managing Director, of the partnership: “We are incredibly excited to be working with Marathon Artists. They are simply the most exciting new independent label around, and their music taste and aesthetic are as impeccable as the commercial potential of their artists is undeniable. This also represents a significant move and commitment for Kobalt Label Services to work with developing talent in the UK and Europe. We can’t wait to get started!”

Nick Robinson, Senior VP Business Development at Kobalt Music Publishing, added: "We're really pleased to be working with Philippe, Jimmy and all the Marathon staff. The combination of their vast experience at developing new artists along with the administrative skills of our worldwide publishing teams will help fully realise the huge potential of their eclectic and very exciting young roster."

Philippe Ascoli, Chief Creative Officer at Marathon Artists said : “We are all thrilled at Marathon to be heading into a partnership with Kobalt Label Services. I’ve known Vincent for years, having worked with him in the past, and am very excited at the prospect of working together once again. I look forward to working with the teams at Kobalt Publishing & at KLS in this important time in the development of Marathon Artists, and knowing that both Kobalt & Marathon have a united vision makes us feel very confident indeed."


About Kobalt Label Services

Part of Kobalt Music Group, KLS provides the next generation of services for artists and labels worldwide, empowering recording owners with a full-service solution to releasing and marketing records while maintaining ownership of their masters. Established as an alternative to the traditional label model, KLS maximises client opportunities and revenues from services including global digital distribution and sales through AWAL, traditional physical distribution and retail marketing, audio and video streaming, synch licensing, digital marketing, publicity, radio and D2C.

Kobalt Label Services is currently working with artists as diverse as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys, David Gray, Lenny Kravitz, Big & Rich, Julian Casablancas, Karen O and Todd Terje.


About Kobalt

Kobalt is the leading global independent music publishing and music services company, offering artists, songwriters and publishers an alternative to the traditional music business model.  Through its advanced proprietary technology, Kobalt empowers creators with transparency, flexibility, ownership and control. 

With over 200 employees in offices in London, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Berlin, Sydney and Stockholm as well as agencies in over 20 major territories, Kobalt administers more than 600,000 copyrights worldwide on behalf of content holders, including the world’s top songwriters, artists and other music publishers.

Kobalt counts among its clients Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Grohl, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Paul McCartney and MPL Communications, Disney Music Group, Dr Luke, David Grey, Lady Antebellum, Stevie Nicks, No Doubt, Billy Idol, Noah Shebib, Thom Yorke, Björk, The Hives, The Lumineers, Richard Ashcroft, Kelly Clarkson, Gotye, Skrillex, Herbie Hancock, Moby, Kid Cudi, Dave Stewart, and Joss Stone among many others.

October 3, 2014 5:24am ET by Name PR  



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