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Taking Back Sunday's just the latest in a series of acts which have broken out of the R.E.D. system, including Or Music's Los Lonely Boys and Equal Vision's Coheed & Cambria, which have subsequently upstreamed through Epic and Columbia Records.
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Label's Taking Back Sunday Release Through R.E.D. Bows at #3
One small step for emo, one giant step for independent distribution.

This week's #3 debut for Chicago-based indie Victory Records group Taking Back Sunday through Ken Antonelli's R.E.D.'s represents a breath of fresh air in an industry hit with consolidation and shrinkage over the last four years.

The emo torchbearers from Rockville Center, Long Island, bowed with 161k in first-week sales, one of the more impressive debuts for an indie label and distributor in recent memory.

Taking Back Sunday's just the latest in a series of acts which have broken out of the R.E.D. system, including Or Music's Los Lonely Boys and Equal Vision's Coheed & Cambria, which have subsequently upstreamed through Epic and Columbia Records, respectively. Those successes prompted UMVD's Jim Urie to announce the launch of his own Fontana Distribution in anticipation of it being a growing market alongside such players as WMG's A.D.A. and EMD's Caroline Distribution.

Meanwhile, TBS' chart bow has prompted management and major label types to come sniffing out of the woodwork. The group is currently repped by ex-A&M exec Larry Weintraub's Fanscape, along with longtime colleague Jillian Newman.

On the label side, Victory chief Tony Brummel, also experiencing success with metal rockers Atreyu, is reportedly amenable to a buy-out of the remaining album on the group’s three-record deal, though he claims to have turned down a recent offer from WMG’s Lyor Cohen.

If you remember, Victory originally pacted with MCA's Jay Boberg several years ago, a deal that went south when Cohen, then at IDJ, swooped in to sign one of the label's premiere acts in Thursday.

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