Strictly Rhythm & Defected Ink International Distribution Deal With Warner’s ADA
Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), a division of Warner Music U.K., has inked exclusive international deals to distribute the catalogs of Defected Records and Strictly Rhythm Records.
From today forward, the labels’ physical and digital formats will be distributed through the Warner Music Group-owned independent distributor, and via affiliated international divisions ADA Global and Zebralution. Founded in 1999 by Simon Dunmore, Defected has been a household name in the house music world, pumping out various compilations, mix CDs, and more than 150 singles, including club hits by Roger Sanchez, Junior Jack, Shakedown, Kings Of Tomorrow, Masters At Work and Bob Sinclar.
Mark Finkelstein and Gladys Pizarro established NYC’s Strictly Rhythm in 1989 as one of the most recognizable dance music labels with a library of club classics including Real 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It,” Josh Wink’s “Higher State of Consciousness,” Ultra Nate’s “Free” and Wamdue Project’s “King of My Castle.” Strictly entered into an unsavory 50/50 worldwide joint venture with WMG in 2000, which imploded in 2002 causing the label to cease operations. However, Finkelstein relaunched the label in 2006 through a strategic partnership with Dunmore.