Lady Sovereign, EMI Music Services ink deal for Midget Records


Mumbai: Hip-Hop artist Lady Sovereign has entered into an agreement with EMI Music Services to distribute her new label, Midget Records. EMI Music Services will handle physical and digital distribution for Midget in the US and UK markets, with the first release being Lady Sovereign’s upcoming album, Jigsaw, out 7 April.

The track, "I Got You Dancing" is being previewed to fans on her MySpace page during the holiday season this month.

Under the terms of the deal, Lady Sovereign will hold the creative reigns, including A&R, marketing and promotion, while EMI Music will provide distribution, licensing and synch and other services as needed via its global platform.

She started rapping on pirate radio in London and took the Hip Hop world by storm after being discovered and signed to Def Jam by Jay Z. She went on to sell more than a million units of her single, "Love me or Hate Me," toured with Gwen Stefani and recorded with Pharrell and The Beastie Boys. Six months after parting ways with Def Jam, she was back in the studio making beats and rhyming again, working with long-time producer Medasyn.

"I feel great now. I feel like I’ve overcome all my dark times. I get to pick who I want to work with, that’s why I’m in business with EMI," said Lady Sovereign. "It feels amazing. I’ve got my own label, the support of EMI’s team around the world and everything works my way. Producing other people is another thing I want to do. I know what works and I’d love to A&R someone else’s record. I’ve got a massive confidence that I will put out some amazing artists. And because I’ve got the opportunity to do that now, that’s exciting to me. I’m really looking forward to it.

A unit of EMI Music Services Senior Vice President and General Manager Dominic Pandiscia who is looking forward to complementing her creativity, energy and passion with their experience and global distribution and service capabilities, said "Lady Sovereign is an exciting, creative, eclectic talent and we are delighted to re-connect her with current fans and turn on new audiences with this record."