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Believe UK & Rinse strike up global label solutions partnership

The UK office of digital music company Believe, has formed a partnership with Rinse, pioneers within London’s underground dance scene, to handle distribution and label services for its Rinse Recordings and Bad Music imprints.

Under the new partnership, Believe will handle the global digital distribution for all Rinse and Bad Music frontline and catalogue releases. Rinse Recordings represents celebrated dance acts including Katy B and Vigro Deep, and has also released music from Nia Archives.

Its pop-leaning sister label Bad Music, launched in 2018, has released music from singer-songwriters Sinéad Harnett, Sasha Keable and James Smith, among others.

While Rinse will continue to handle day-to-day marketing for both imprints, it will now benefit from Believe’s audience development team spread across 50 countries, with a focus on audio and video plus editorial and marketing partnerships with DSPs.

Both Rinse Recordings and Bad Music will benefit from the expertise of Believe’s specialists across dance, electronic, pop, and other relevant genres.

From its beginnings in pirate radio in the ‘90s, Rinse FM gained notoriety for its role in the development of garage, jungle, grime and dubstep, starting to release music under Rinse Recordings in 2003. Rinse arrives as the latest signing under Believe’s new b:electronic global imprint, also helping establish Believe’s position in dance and electronic music distribution in the UK.

Rinse joins a local roster including Cr2 Records, Greco-Roman, Knee Deep In Sound and Southern Fried Records, with Hospital Records also signing last month.

Upcoming releases include projects from Watch The Ride, Katy B, Vigro Deep and Perempay & DaVinChe through Rinse, and James Smith through Bad Music.

“Everyone at b:electronic is excited to work with such an important cultural foundation of UK music,” said Graham Luckhurst, head of b:electronic UK at Believe.

“Rinse continues to actively nurture and support new talent through radio, events and releases.”

“We’re delighted to welcome to Believe such an iconic brand and label as Rinse,” commented Panos Polimatidis, head of label & artist solutions, Believe UK.

“Their vision and independent mindset fully align with Believe’s ambition and there couldn’t be a better time for this partnership helping Rinse in their new era. We look forward to working closely with Gee, Marva and the Rinse team on their excellent frontline and catalogue releases and amplifying their efforts via our global set-up.”

"We're very excited to sign this deal with Believe,” added Marva Kreel, label manager at Rinse. “Our label at Rinse is ready to move into our next chapter and we feel that Believe is perfectly aligned with our ambitions and values."