Rappers Joe Budden, Saigon set releases

Both signed to online label Amalgam Digital

NEW YORK -- Rappers Joe Budden and Saigon, both former major label acts who are currently signed with online label and promotional company Amalgam Digital, will see their new releases and back catalogues distributed by E1 Music (formerly Koch Records), in a deal announced by the companies today.

The first release under the new deal will be Saigon's "Warning Shots 2," slated for a September 29th, 2009 street date. A new studio album by Joe Budden is tentatively scheduled for release in October 2009.

Budden's claim to fame is his 2003 self-titled debut album, released on Def Jam Records. The set debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 429,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album's lead single, "Pump It Up" garnered the New Jersey rapper his first and only top ten hit on the Hot Rap Tracks charts. Budden's Amalgam debut was "Padded Room," released earlier this year, which sold 28,000 copies.

Saigon, who was signed to Atlantic Records but never released an album through the label, released "Warning Shots" last year through Amalgam, selling 21,000 units.