PIAS U.K. picks up Sub Pop

Firm will manage distribution, sales of label's catalog

LONDON -- PIAS U.K. has signed a digital and physical distribution deal with Seattle record label Sub Pop.

The deal becomes effective on Sept. 15 and will see PIAS distribute all future Sub Pop releases in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including forthcoming albums from Grand Archives, No Age and Eugene Mirman. Sub Pop was previously distributed by Shellshock in the United Kingdom.

The deal will also see PIAS U.K. manage the distribution and sales of the entire Sub Pop catalog -- including the 20th anniversary vinyl and digital re-release of Nirvana's 1989 debut "Bleach" due in the U.K. Nov.2.

In line with the North American deluxe package, the re-mastered vinyl edition of "Bleach" will be pressed on 180 gram white vinyl and include a previously unreleased live performance recorded Feb. 9 1990 at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Ore. The deluxe "Bleach" package makes its U.S. bow Nov. 3 via Sub Pop.

The PIAS U.K. deal also incorporates vinyl re-issues of the first three Mudhoney albums -- "Superfuzz Bigmuff," "Mudhoney" and "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" -- due to be released Oct. 5.

Based in London, PIAS U.K. is a fully integrated division of Brussels-based PIAS Entertainment Group. According to PIAS U.K. managing director Peter Thompson, "Sub Pop is a label that requires no introductions. From being at the forefront of cutting-edge music for over twenty years and with a roster of artists that is the envy of many labels across the globe, it is an honor to be working with them on their releases in the U.K. and Ireland."

Jonathan Poneman, co-founder of Sub Pop Records added in a statement that he was "thrilled to be in business with PIAS U.K." adding "as the music industry continues to re-invent itself, we feel privileged to have this opportunity to meet the attendant challenges head on, with a resourceful and imaginative partner."