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NEW YORK, NY & LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2016) - Photo Finish Records, founded in 2006 by Paradigm’s Matt Galle, and Caroline announced today that the companies have entered into a distribution partnership. This announcement, coming in the 10th year of the label’s successful run, establishes Photo Finish as a completely independent label. 

Photo Finish Records will relaunch with: new music from The Mowgli's upcoming third full length album due out this fall;  Handsome Ghost's newest single "Eyes Wide" from their upcoming debut album, also due this fall, following over 21 million Spotify streams on their Steps EP; plus the label’s exciting most recent signing SHAED, a Washington, D.C.-based trio led by powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee, with twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst, who create their own style of genre-bending electronic leaning indie pop.

Photo Finish Records boasts a diverse roster including alternative rock bands, pop artists, electronica acts, and hip-hop artists.  Established by Galle (named in Billboard magazine's recent “40 Under 40” as, “a powerhouse in the artist development realm”), Photo Finish has built a rich history of discovering, developing and breaking artists with various major label partners over the past 10 years. Galle, along with Photo Finish Vice President and co-founder Mike Marquis, have been lauded for their successes in touring by building careers as agents for such acts as FUN., Shawn Mendes, Halsey, Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, and more.

Photo Finish originally partnered with Atlantic Records, where they released 3OH!3's debut gold album Want, along with three platinum singles totaling over 15 million sold, that sparked collaborations with Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Lil' Jon and Ke$ha. The label also released music for acts The Downtown Fiction (certified Gold single), Rival Schools, and many others. Photo Finish later partnered with Island Def Jam and Republic, where they launched the careers of MisterWives (certified Gold single), The Mowgli's (Top 3 at AAA radio and Top 12 at Alternative radio), Handsome Ghost, Marian Hill, The Strypes, and more.

Matt Galle, President of Photo Finish Records said, "Photo Finish has been discovering, developing and breaking artists with various major label partners over the past 10 years. We are incredibly excited to continue that tradition as we move into our next chapter as a fully independent label through our new distribution partnership with the Caroline team."

Jacqueline Saturn, General Manager Caroline/Harvest Records said, “All of us at Caroline are thrilled to be in business with Matt and the entire Photo Finish team. We welcome them to the family.”

Piero Giramonti, General Manager Caroline/Harvest Records said,  “Photo Finish’s record speaks for itself -- they represent the type of label, artists, and industry partners that we look to build upon, as we make moves to evolve Caroline into the premiere independent artist development destination.  We are very eager to take this partnership to new heights."

Caroline is an artist-development focused, full label services and distribution company, providing commercial, radio promotion, marketing, synch/branding/licensing, and digital marketing services.  Caroline’s mission is to build and reach the largest possible audience for their developing and established artists and label partners, respectively.

As one of the largest independent distribution companies in the world, Caroline offers global solutions, with the patience, commitment, and experience needed to succeed in today's music business.  Caroline is independent to the core and deeply understands the nuances of the independent artist community.  As part of the Capitol music group, Caroline provides the resources and sophisticated analytical tools needed to push through the inherent barriers that many organizations in the independent community face, to take the maximum advantage of opportunities created by the hard work of their artists, partners, and staff.








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Erik Stein / Scoop marketing for Caroline / estein@solters.com


Gerardo Cueva / Photo Finish Records / gerardo@photofinishrecords.com