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Sarah Curtiss

AMPED Distribution delivers breakthrough albums with reliable precision

Artists never know when their big break is going to come.  With live music revenue on hold, capitalizing on such breakthrough moments has increasingly relied upon a strong physical distribution partner.  In less than a decade, AMPED Distribution has emerged as one of the fastest growing top tier independent distributors, providing vital support for musician’s sustained success.
 
Outpacing the industry trends on Vinyl LP and CD sales, AMPED is defying the odds to serve the artists in the AMPED family during the logistical challenges of the past year.  As award season ramps up, AMPED Distribution is proving they can also handle those crucial “breakthrough moments.”  The proof:  two recent artists who saw demand from fans skyrocket thanks to awards media coverage--and who got full support from their distribution partners at AMPED. 
 
Morgan Wallen (on Big Loud) received the Best New Artist award at the CMAs. AMPED had been working on his breakout record from the beginning, when it released on CD last year and when it came out on vinyl in May 2020. No one foresaw how Wallen would dominate the charts on major online retailers (reaching #2 on Amazon’s Alt-Country list and breaking into the top 250 CDs & Vinyl overall on the site in mid-November). 
 
Young guitarist Kingfish (on Alligator Records) has seen a similarly meteoric rise this year, despite touring being off the table for the hardworking bluesman. A champion of blues revival and a critics’ darling for years, Kingfish was featured on a PBS Newshour segment, which led to a supportive tweet storm from journalists at major papers like The New York Times. Though his initial release was over a year ago, Kingfish sailed to the top of the best-selling blues albums, hitting #1 on Amazon’s electric blues best seller list.
 
In each of the scenarios, AMPED made sure that fans got the CDs and vinyl they needed, even as the situation with both manufacturing and logistics grew more complicated with COVID-related shutdowns and delays.  Now, with the announcement of this year’s Grammy nominations, AMPED is ready to support another slate of talented artists who (fingers-crossed) will experience their own award season boost.  
 
Nominated AMPED artists include:  Phoebe Bridgers (Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album), Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist (Best Rap Album), Bonny Light Horseman (Best American Roots Performance, Best Folk Album), Laura Marling (Best Folk Album), Free Nationals (Best Progressive R&B Album), Hiss Golden Messenger (Best Americana Album), Code Orange (Best Metal Performance), In This Moment (Best Metal Performance), Bebel Gilberto (Best Global Music Album), Tinariwen (Best Global Music Album), Priya Darshini (Best New Age Album), Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo (Best Song Written for Visual Media), Lido Pimienta (Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album), Black Lodge Singers (Best Regional Roots Music Album), Joyce DiDonato, Maxim Emelyanychev, and Daniel Zalay (Best Opera Recording), and Augustin Hadelich with conductor Jakub Hrůša (Best Classical Instrumental Solo).
 
None of this has fazed AMPED, even as the holiday season kicks in and pandemic conditions persist. “At AMPED we consider it a privilege to distribute and contribute to the success of these artists; each a rising star in their respective genres” said Pip Smith, AMPED VP of Sales. “It’s gratifying to see the heightened consumer awareness of these artists. The success with the physical sales validates our commitment and belief in the physical format.”  With AMPED’s dedication, there’s no doubt award-nominated albums will be available for holiday shoppers.