Impala Press Release
Brussels, Friday, 15 June 2007
(Embargo until Monday 18 June 2007)

IMPALA announces new award winners for independents music companies

Independent music labels across Europe have been awarded another batch of Impala Sales Awards from Multi-Platinum and Platinum through to Silver. Over 30 awards in total have been registered in the last six months.

Katie Melua’s Piece by Piece album (Dramatico) with over 3.5 million copies walked away with a Multi Platinum award www.katiemelua.com.

Fler has achieved a Double Platinum award (1 million) with NDW 2005 (Aggro Berlin) Germany.

Next in line with a Platinum award (500 000) is Nizlopi with the JCB Song (FDM Records Ltd) www.nizlopi.com. Nizlopi will be presented with the award at a special showcase evening organised by AIM and London Calling in London on 28th June, along with Nate James (Silver, see below). Both artists will be performing.

Diamond winners (250 000):
Maxïmo Park, A Certain Trigger (Warp Records) www.maximopark.com
Tom Waits, Orphans (Anti) www.anti.com

Gold winners (100 000) are:
Aaron, Artificial Animals Riding in Neverland (Discograph/Wagram) France
Cat Power, The Greatest (Matador Records) UK
Enter Shikari, Take To The Skies (Ambush Reality/PIAS)
Frank Zappa, The Best of Frank Zappa (Rykodisc International) UK
Maxïmo Park, Our Earthly Pleasures, (Warp Records) UK
Nephew, USADSB, (Copenhagen Records) DK
Nouvelle Vague, Bande à Part (Peacefrog/PIAS) France
Ojos De Brujo, Techari (Diquela Records / PIAS) Spain
SIDO, Ich (Aggro Berlin) Germany

Silver (30,000):
!!!, Myth Takes (Warp Records) UK
Boards of Canada, Campfire Headphase (Warp Records) UK
Fler, Trendsetter (Aggro Berlin) Germany
Gotthard, Domino Effect (G-Point/Musikvertrieb) Switzerland
Jamie Lidell, Multiply (Warp Records) UK
Joan as Policewoman, Real Life (Echo USA/PIAS) UK
Juliette & The Licks, Four on the Floor (Hassle/PIAS) UK
Kaolin, Mélanger les Couleurs (Athome/Wagram) France
Koop, Koop Islands (Playground Music) Sweden
Martha Wainwright, Martha Wainwright (Drowned in Sound Recordings Ltd) UK
Marillion, Somewhere Else (Intact Records) UK
Nate James, Set the Tone (Frofunk Records Ltd/Morethan4) UK
Nizlopi, Half These Songs Are About You (FDM Records Ltd) UK
Quadro Nuevo, Buongiorno Tristezza (Fine Music) Germany
Quadro Nuevo, Tango bitter sweet (Fine Music) Germany
Rasmus Nøhr, Lykkelig Smutning (Copenhagen Records) Denmark
Rúzsa Magdi, Ördögi Angyal (CLS Records) Hungary
SFDK, Los Veteranos (Boa Music/SFDK Records) Spain
Sunrise Avenue, On the Way to Wonderland (Bonnier/Honest) Finland
Tiësto, Elements of Life, (Nebula) UK
Trentemøller, The Last Resort (Poker Flat Recordings) Germany
Various artists, På Danske Laeber (Auditorium) Denmark
Various artists, Dankse Filmhits – de største stjerner synger de største hits (Copenhagen Records) Denmark

Quotes :
Mike Batt – Chairman, Dramatico “I’ve always been happy that my music is released on an independent label, - and to have IMPALA recognise our work is truly thrilling. I’d also like to say that the small team at Dramatico have been brilliant in helping me achieve this unexpected but very much appreciated international success”.

Luke Concannon, Nizlopi "It's great to have won this award from Impala. The right to play, sing and say what we want, and to put our music out ourselves is very important to us. May many more successes come from this independent scene!"

Emil Joergensen, Chairman, DUP, Danish Independent Record Labels: “Achieving an Impala award can be the first step towards increased interest from colleagues in the music business, hopefully inspiring new collaboration across the European borders. It’s great that local artists from a small country like Denmark can gain more publicity through registering for an Impala award.”

About the IMPALA Awards
The IMPALA Sales Awards promote diversity and creativity. They are the first sales awards to recognise that success on a pan-European basis needs to be acknowledged on different levels starting well before the 1 million mark. For many independent music companies selling 30 000 is a significant success. This deserves recognition.
Award levels are based on shipments anywhere across Europe - Silver 30K, Gold 100K, Diamond 250K, Platinum 500K, Double Platinum 1 million, Multi Platinum 1.5 million plus.
The IMPALA Awards are an extra tool for independent record companies to market themselves and their artists internationally.
Awards can be registered by labels, distributors, managers etc via IMPALA’s on-line certification system at www.impalasite.org/fr06-award.html.
About IMPALA
IMPALA was established in April 2000 as a non-profit making organisation with a scientific and artistic purpose to help independent record companies and music publishers organise themselves. IMPALA has an all-independent membership and which represents 100% the interests of the independent music sector. It has over 3,500 music company members. The independents are world leaders in terms of R&D and discovering new music and artists. Despite this, they face increasingly complex barriers to trade and severe market access problems.
IMPALA members : 8Ball Music (NL), !K7 (Germany), Beggars Group (UK), Bonnier Amigo (Sweden), CLS Records (HU), CNR International (NL), Cooking Vinyl (UK), Edel (Germany), Epitaph (US/NL), Gazell (Sweden), Menart (Croatia), Musikvertrieb (CH), Mystic (Poland), Naïve (France), PIAS Group (Belgium), Playground (Sweden), Red Bullet (NL), Soyuz (Russia), V2 Music Group (UK), Wagram (France), as well as national trade associations from the UK (AIM), France (UPFI), Germany (VUT), Spain (UFI), Italy (PMI), Denmark (DUP), Norway (FONO), Belgium (Impala BE), Israel (PIL) Sweden (SOM) and the Catalonian association APECAT.

For more information contact IMPALA : www.impalasite.org. Tel.+32 2 289 26 00