NEW YORK, NY – January 10, 2018: The World’s Biggest Heavy-Metal label, Nuclear Blast Records, and top independent distributor, ADA (Warner Music Group), have announced a global partnership. ADA will be providing world-wide physical and digital distribution, excluding certain territories in Central Europe, as well as offering additional services to support Nuclear Blast’s incredible roster of iconic bands and newly-developing artists. This deal builds on Nuclear Blast’s existing relationship with WM Central Europe, under the leadership of Bernd Dopp, Chairman & CEO Warner Music Central Europe, who has provided the label with distribution services for more than 20 years.
Metal juggernauts Machine Head will be releasing their new studio album ‘Catharsis’ on January 26th via Nuclear Blast/ADA, along with a massive tour that kicks off on January 25th. ‘Catharsis’ is set to deliver a full-throttle rollercoaster through every facet of Machine Head’s increasingly diverse sound and looks certain to be one of 2018’s most acclaimed metal records. Swedish progressive metal pioneers Meshuggah have scored a Grammy nod for Best Metal Performance on “Clockworks,” released by Nuclear Blast in October, 2016. Groundbreaking industrial-metal pioneers, Ministry, have also signed a worldwide deal with the label and recently wrapped recording on their new album “AmeriKKKant,” which is scheduled for release on March 9th through this new partnership.
“We are excited to enter a new chapter in the history of Nuclear Blast. Having been with the Warner family for over 20 years in Germany and other territories in Europe, this seems as a logical step. Looking forward to much success with the ADA team!”, said Markus Staiger, Managing Director and founder of Nuclear Blast.
Eliah Seton, President of ADA Worldwide, commented: “We look forward to contributing to the legacy of Nuclear Blast and its incredible roster and we couldn’t be happier to extend their footprint in the Warner family across the globe.”
ADA is a worldwide service organization committed to independent artist and label development. As part of Warner Music Group, ADA gives the indie community access to an unparalleled global distribution system and a dedicated team that provides a complete spectrum of marketing, merchandising, promotion, and music licensing services. ADA was created in 1993 to focus on the independent music business, where some of the most successful artists and record labels have built their initial followings. ADA marries the effectiveness and convenience of a major label with the marketing sensibilities of an independent. ADA’s partners include Alligator, Bar None, Beggars Group, BMG, Comedy Central, Domino, Dualtone, Epitaph, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Matador, Merge, Mute, Nettwerk, New West, Real World, Rise, Secretly Canadian, Smithsonian Folkways, Sumerian, Sub Pop, Tommy Boy, Vice, and many others.
ABOUT NUCLEAR BLAST
Independently owned for 30 years and counting, Nuclear Blast Records is synonymous with the worldwide advancement of heavy metal, extreme music, and hard rock. Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987 by Markus Staiger, and headed in the US at the Los Angeles office for fifteen years by Gerardo Martinez. Nuclear Blast boasts a roster of over 100 bands representing eighteen countries. Their satellite office in Los Angeles has helped build the label’s trusted global reputation with numerous Billboard album chart entries, high-profile tours, and continual signings of new & heritage acts.