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Believe UK and Cr2 Records Enjoy Partnership Success with Long-Term, Global Signing of Matt Sassari

To receive continued support from Believe's global dance imprint, b:electronic, as part of label solutions partnership. Follows successful collaboration on Sassari's Platinum-selling breakout hit 'Give It To Me'. Global campaign saw growth in monthly Spotify listeners from 500 to 9+ million.

London, 1st June 2023

Believe, one of the world’s leading digital music companies, today celebrates a milestone in its partnership with respected dance label Cr2 Records, which has signed an exclusive long-term artist deal with Platinum-selling artist and producer Matt Sassari. The global signing follows Cr2’s close collaboration with Believe’s UK office with which it signed a global distribution deal in 2021.

Cr2’s longstanding relationship with Marseille-based Sassari began in 2017 with the release of his remix of Popof’s ‘Alcoolic’. Over the past two years Cr2’s collaboration with Sassari and his own label, SASS, has been supported by Believe’s specialist dance and electronic imprint, b:electronic. This has included a unique arrangement enabling Cr2 to engage Believe’s global marketing services on successful singles, paving the way for the breakout success of Sassari’s 2021 release ‘Give It To Me’.

The first track to be released under the b:electronic partnership, ‘Give It To Me’ has become one of Cr2’s biggest global hits. Over the course of an 18 month marketing campaign across 20 different territories, it received the highest level of strategic support from Believe’s in-house audience development and DSP editorial and marketing partnership teams.

Since then, ‘Give It To Me’ has notched up over 1.5 million combined digital format single sales, and over 250 million global streams, going on to be certified Platinum worldwide. It is now Gold in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland, and is on its way to Silver in the UK. Sassari’s number of monthly Spotify listeners has meanwhile grown from 500 to over nine million.

Supported by Believe’s close, long-term relationships with DSPs, Cr2’s success with Sassari is testament to the ongoing shift in dance music away from traditional territorial licensing to globally coordinated, data-driven campaigns.

Ben Rimmer, Regional Director, Label & Artist Solutions, Believe UK & Northern Europe, said: “The timing couldn’t have been better for this partnership and the launch of Matt Sassari after the huge growth of dance music over the past two years. Matt Sassari’s breakthrough is a very modern success story, showing the power of digital, global independence, and dance music’s truly international appeal.”

Mark Brown, founder of Cr2 Records, commented: “We’re delighted to have signed Matt on a long-term artist deal and continue developing him as one of the next generation of global dance superstars. We heard something special in Matt that he also had the ability to work with vocals as well as produce great club tunes. Matt has a distinctive sound that lends itself to the underground as well as big crossover records like Give It To Me.”

Stephen Macias, Manager of Matt Sassari, commented: ”We’re more than happy to be able to work with such an amazing team at Cr2 Records and their partners, Believe. Together we are breaking Matt as a globally respected artist and we are excited to continue this relationship long term whilst achieving great success and bringing more platinum discs, haha.”

February saw Cr2 release Sassari’s collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated duo Goodboys on single ‘Sleepwalking’, which had the most successful first week of any Cr2 record. Other notable successes from Believe and Cr2’s partnership to date include HUGEL’s hits ‘Morenita’ and ‘Mariela (Que Pasa)’, which have amassed over 150 million and 30 million global streams respectively.

Upcoming releases to be distributed under Cr2’s label services deal with Believe include records from Matt Sassari, HUGEL, Quarterhead and Miggy Dela Rosa.

About Believe

Believe UK is part of Believe, one of the world’s leading digital music companies. Believe’s mission is to develop independent artists and labels in the digital world by providing them the services they need to grow their audience at each stage of their career and development. Believe’s passionate team of digital music experts around the world leverages the Group’s global technology platform to empower artists and labels, distribute and promote their music.

Globally, Believe has 1,650 employees in more than 50 countries, including 45 staff in the UK. They aim to support independent artists and labels with a unique digital expertise, respect, fairness and transparency. Believe offers its various solutions through a portfolio of brands including Believe, TuneCore, Nuclear Blast, Naïve, Groove Attack, AllPoints, Ishtar and Byond. Believe is listed on compartment A of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (Ticker: BLV, ISIN: FR0014003FE9).

About Cr2 Records

Cr2 Records was founded in 2004 by Mark Brown. Since launching, Cr2 has become a house music institution; boasting releases and remixes from some of the biggest names in Dance music, including Eric Prydz &Steve Angello, East Everything, Nic Fanciulli, Paul Woolford, Carl Cox, Fedde Le Grand, Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Gerd Janson, CamelPhat, David Penn, Dimitri From Paris and Josh Butler to name a few. Their celebrated compilation albums are recognised as some of the biggest selling dance albums in the industry, collaborating with top club and festival brands in the dance music world such as Tomorrowland, Space Ibiza, elrow, Privilege Ibiza, Blue Marlin, Nikki Beach and more.

Believe UK

Believe is one of the world’s leading digital music companies. Believe’s mission is to develop independent artists and labels in the digital world by providing them the solutions they need to grow their audience at each stage of their career and development.