New Nashville label starts
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
– A new label was launched in Nashville today.
HitShop Records is the brainchild of music veteran Skip Bishop. The full-service Nashville record label will be distributed by Warner Music Nashville.
"This is one of the most innovative and creative gatherings of musical talent and staff I've ever seen. The young, brilliant minds and compelling musicians involved are building a new model of discovery from the street up. This is the new label configuration of the future," said HitShop Records President Bishop. "Everyone at HitShop is deeply committed and involved in studying the new paths music fans walk. We look forward to a productive relationship with Warner Music Nashville."
"Skip is one of the most savvy and creative executives in Nashville. His track record for breaking hit records is what excited us to be in business with him and his team. We're pleased to be providing this impressive new label with distribution services and to be working closely with this team," said John Esposito, President, Warner Music Nashville.
HitShop is launching with a sonically diverse lineup including Fort Payne, Ala. native and country artists Weston Burt and pop funk duo Gimm+Icky, whose music has been heard in national promo spots for ABC and E!
Weston hit the road this morning to start his country radio promotion tour.
More artists will be named soon.
Bishop will lead HitShop Records, a subsidiary of Ramblin Music Group, which also houses Young Guns Publishing. Bishop's resume includes a 40-year career in radio and records, including serving as President/CEO, Bishop Bait & Tackle Marketing, Sr. VP Promotion at RCA Records in New York, MCA Records in Los Angeles and Sony Music in Nashville.
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