News: Koch Expands Empire W/ Five New Labels, Bun B On Deck

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 3:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Koch Entertainment has announced the signing of five urban record labels, which includes records from Bun B, MJG and others.

The company's new business venture will extend their roster of active artists.

Koch Ent. Distribution newly acquired labels include Nina Easton's IMG International/404 Music Network, Tenacity Records, Unruly Records, Greenstreets Entertainment and Doc Music Group. IMG acts include the D Boyz (Lac & Stone); Boo (from Boo & Gotti); the Bloc $tarz; and Memphis rapper MJG of the rap duo 8 Ball & MJG. Doc Music Group will release records by Bun B & Middle Fingaz, Grit Boys, DJ.GT, and Lil Kano, among others, in 2009. (Billboard)

Despite being listed as an artist in the deal, Bun B clarified his relationship with Koch.

"I do not have a label situation with Koch Records," he said. "They are trying to release a mixtape from a group affiliated with me. I am only featured on the project. I have not been a part of any negotiations with this project. Hopefully this statement clears any misunderstandings." (All Hip Hop)

Koch is known for signing popular labels including The Lox's D-Block Records and Fat Joe's Terror Squad Imprint in October 2007.

"We've had major success with KOCH and the Terror Squad imprint in the past, especially with DJ Khaled's two albums," Fat Joe said. "We will continue this success with this new Terror Squad deal at KOCH Records. It's a perfect place to unveil our new members." (Press Release)

The company has over two decades of history within the music industry.

KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twenty-third year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada. (MSNBC)

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