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WEA To Distribute Chicago-Based Independent Label The Legion Records


Warner Music Completes Distribution Deal With The Legion Records

First Release From Hip-Hop Icons Do or Die "D.O.D." In Stores February 1, 2005

WEA Corp., Warner Music Group's U.S. sales distribution company, in association with Atlantic Records, announced today that it will be the exclusive distributor for Chicago-based independent The Legion Records effective immediately. Under the multi-year agreement, WEA will provide U.S. Distribution services to Legion. Additionally, Legion has the ability when necessary, to utilize marketing and promotional support from Atlantic Records for releases.

The first release under the agreement will be from Chicago-based hip-hop artists Do or Die. Having sold more than three million units in the U.S. alone, Do or Die is credited with launching Chicago's national hip-hop movement. Guest producers on the album include Kanye West (Twista, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys), DJ Quik (2Pac, Talib Kweli), Scott Storch (Beyonce, Dr. Dre, The Roots) N.O. Joe (Scarface, The Geto Boys) and The Legendary Traxster (Twista, Mystikal). The self-titled album is due in stores February 1, 2005.

Rudolph Acosta, CEO of The Legion, just signed the pride of Indiana-Ric Jilla. Who has sold more than 10,000 units on his own causing a massive street buzz throughout the Midwest. Mr. Acosta says, "Our schedule for 2005 is strong and with the help of Lyor Cohen we're ready to win."

About WEA Corp.
WEA Corp. was the first major music distribution company in the U.S. and has continued to set the standard for sales and marketing in the music industry for more than thirty years. In addition to the Warner Bros., Elektra and Atlantic labels, WEA distributes audio and video releases from Rhino Entertainment, Asylum Records, Word Entertainment, Time-Life Music, Warner Music Latina, and Curb Records, as well as several other labels. Headquartered in New York, WEA Corp. has regional offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis. WEA Corp. is a Warner Music Group company.

About The Legion Records
Launched in 2003, The Legion Records, based in Chicago, is a true independent with exclusive distribution through WEA. Targeted marketing and promotional needs will be handled by Atlantic Records if chosen. At the helm is entrepreneur Rudolph Acosta and his team of executives including marketing, promotion and publicity. The Legion Records is a force to be reckoned with. We'll show the true power of the independent by breaking down barriers & restraints that the major labels live by. Acosta's motto is: "I was born ready. I specialize in rolling with the punches and I make sure it ends with mine."