Tracy Byrd to self-release next album
Monday, March 13, 2006
– Tracy Byrd is going his own route for his next album. After stints with RCA and MCA, Byrd is releasing his own album and already has distribution lined up.
The disc is being recorded in March and April and slated for a summer release.
Byrd signed a deal with Artist To Market (A2M) Distribution to be the exclusive distributor of the album. A2M is a subsidiary of the Handleman Company, which focuses on providing an independent distribution solution for established artists. The deal marks the first time that Byrd, who was first signed to a major record deal in 1992, will release an album without using the traditional major label infrastructure.
Byrd is the company's third release, having released Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sinead O'Connor, both in 2005.
The direct relationship between Byrd and A2M will streamline the supply chain and allow the album to be offered at an attractive cost to consumers while still enabling retailers to achieve a fair profit margin, according to his publicist.
Byrd's yet-to-be-titled album will be released this summer with a suggested retail price of $9.99.
"I'm excited about my deal with A2M because for the first time in my career, I'll actually be the owner of my music," said Byrd. "There are many opportunities for me with A2M such as great distribution, artistic freedom and a competitive price for the country music fans who buy my records. Now, the real work begins with finding hit songs and making the record."
Byrd is managed by Joe Carter of Carter and Company Artist Management who explains, "I feel this business model gives artists, who are considered mid-level, a home where they can control their own careers. Because of the consolidation at the majors, label execs are finding it increasingly more difficult, if not impossible, to keep mid-level acts who sell 300,000 - 650,000 units on a hit record profitable in their current business plans. The model we're following does just that."
A new single at radio is likely within several months.>
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