Proper Music Group

Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records ink world ex Americas distribution deal with leading distributor Proper, part of the Utopia family

Deal with Reservoir-owned legendary labels Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records covers physical distribution and D2C of catalogue for both labels. First releases from Chrysalis include multi-disc CD box sets from Ultravox, Debbie Harry, and The Selecter, and first releases from Tommy Boy include Information Society, House of Pain, and Coolio.

London, 29th June 2022

Legendary labels Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records have signed a world ex. Americas distribution deal with Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia family. Both independent labels are part of the Reservoir group of companies.

Commencing on 1st July, Proper will handle physical distribution of catalogue for one of the UK’s leading independents, Chrysalis Records, and iconic US indie label Tommy Boy Records.

The first Chrysalis releases include deluxe editions of Ultravox’s second album with Midge Ure ‘Rage in Eden’ (September 2022), Debbie Harry’s debut solo record ‘KooKoo’ (October) and The Selecter’s ‘Celebrate The Bullet’ (November). Recent Chrysalis releases include a Go West five-disc CD/DVD boxset, eight-disc CD/DVD Suzi Quatro box set ‘The Rock Box 1973-1979: The Complete Recordings’ and a twelve-disc Steeleye Span CD boxset ‘The Good Times of Old England: Steeleye Span 1972-1983’.

As part of the deal, Proper will also handle distribution for legendary hip hop and electronic label Tommy Boy Records, which for many years has been a US-only export. Tommy Boy Records’ stock will be available via Proper from August 2022. Tommy Boy Records will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Coolio ‘My Soul’ and the 30th anniversary of House of Pain, with more to come in the autumn.

This deal will also power the back-end for Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records’ direct-to-consumer business, utilising Proper’s specialist knowledge to expand the reach of its impressive catalogue.

Alison Wenham, COO of Chrysalis Records, said “Moving our distribution to Proper will be the beginning of a new chapter for us. We are excited by Proper’s relationship with Utopia which will ensure a state-of-the-art global distribution and label services partner. We also applaud their commitment to remaining independent, which is of importance to us.”

Drew Hill, VP of Physical Distribution at Utopia Music and Managing Director of Proper Music Group, added: “We’re delighted to be handling distribution across the world ex Americas for Chrysalis Records and Tommy Boy Records. Chrysalis continues to support its hugely impressive catalogue with a variety of creative releases, while Tommy Boy Records launched the careers of some of hip hop and rap’s greatest talents.”

About Proper Music Group

Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia Music family, is a full services company providing everything from global physical and digital distribution to artist and label services, publishing and D2C. Clients are able to tap into as much or as little of Proper’s offering as fits their needs.

Its distribution arm, PMD – the UK’s leading physical distributor – is renowned for its specialist knowledge and personal service coupled with wide market reach and influence. In 2022, it received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

Distributing for over 1500 independent labels and service companies including Absolute Label Services, ADA, AWAL, Believe, Cherry Red, Concord, Epitaph, Hospital, INgrooves, Kartel, Orchard, Redeye, RSK, Snapper and SRD, the company collectively represents 12% of the UK physical recorded music market.

Proper Music Group received The Company Award: Diversity In The Workplace at the Women In Music Awards 2017, and was also awarded Best Distributor at the Music Week Awards in 2012, 2010 & 2009, as well as Best Sales Team in 2020 & 2017.

About Tommy Boy Records

Tommy Boy Records is a legendary Hip Hop & Electronic record label founded in New York City in 1981. The label is credited with launching the careers of notable legends Queen Latifah, House of Pain, Coolio and Naughty By Nature.

Proper Music Group

Proper Music Group Ltd is the holding company for the music related businesses owned and operated since 1988 by Malcolm Mills. The two principal trading companies are Proper Music Distribution Ltd and Proper Records Ltd.