The New Sound from TOKYOPOP

Jun 28th 2006
Label to Debut with Three Albums

Now Available on I-tunes and Worldwide Wherever Digital Music is Sold

Los Angeles, CA (June 2006)—In line with its expansion into a fully integrated media entertainment company focused on the "manga lifestyle," TOKYOPOP, the leader of the global manga revolution, joins forces with Digital Rights Agency (DRA), the leading worldwide digital music distributor, to launch the highly anticipated record label, TOKYOPOP Music.

The label premieres with three diverse compilation albums: TOKYOPOP Presents Drift 2 Die, a mix of electronica and hip hop from the hot property Initial D., (produced by b_nCHANt_d and D.J. Milky); TOKYOPOP Presents Anime Trax Volume One, with music tracks from hot anime properties including GTO, Rave Master, Princess Ai, and more, (music by D.J. Milky and b_nCHANt_d); and TOKYOPOP Presents Beats 4 Riderz, featuring hip-hop music from Street Fury, Initial D and various other properties, (produced by D.J. Milky and b_nCHANt_d). Album track listings are available upon request.

The Digital Rights Agency currently distributes more than 350 leading independent record labels in 15 countries with a total catalog of 380,000 tracks to more than 300 mobile and Internet outlets worldwide.

"There is a rising thirst amongst fans to access this niche music category and now TOKYOPOP is the exclusive company to quench that thirst," said Ben Chan, Music Supervisor, TOKYOPOP. "We have plans to release more than 20 albums per year featuring the coolest music from Asia and we feel that DRA's excellent technology platform, worldwide reach and marketing expertise will serve TOKYOPOP Music very well."

"The launch of TOKYOPOP Music marks the beginning of our move into the music space," said TOKYOPOP CEO and CCO Stu Levy. "In the near future, TOKYOPOP will be producing anime and manga soundtracks, mangapods (audio books), ringtones, manga podcasts, and much more. We are currently considering building a satellite radio manga channel." Levy continues: "With these plans in mind, DRA is the perfect partner for TOKYOPOP in expanding our audio business to Internet and mobile outlets."

According to DRA Managing Director, Tuhin Roy: "We are very excited to partner with TOKYOPOP and to have the chance to connect millions of manga and anime fans worldwide with the music they love."

ABOUT TOKYOPOP

TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and upcoming partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto www.TOKYOPOP.com > , reading its books, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com > for additional information.

ABOUT The Digital Rights Agency

The Digital Rights Agency (www.digitalrightsagency.com > ) distributes independent record label catalogs to digital outlets around the world. Labels distributed by DRA, either directly or through sub-distribution relationships, include Asphodel (DJ Spooky, Ryuichi Sakamoto), Barsuk (Death Cab for Cutie, They Might Be Giants), BCD Music Group (Lil' Jon, Lil Flip and Snoop Dog & Friends), Orbison Records (Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis), Definitive Jux (Aesop Rock, RJD2), Rocketown Records (Chris Rice), Darla (My Morning Jacket), Tiger Style (American Analog Set), Kill Rock Stars (Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists), Oarfin Records (Yellow Card, Chingy, Susan Tedeschi), Ipecac, (Kid 606, Dalek), Talent House (The Presidents of the United States of America), Stony Plain Records (Ronnie Earl, Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard), Reality Entertainment (Marcy Playground, Krokus), Om Records (Ming and FS), Moonshine Music (Carl Cox, D:Fuse), Wide Hive (DJ Zeph) and Ubiquity Recordings (Greyboy, Francisco Aquabella). DRA also back-ends digital distribution offerings for leading distributors Navarre, Inc., Oarfin Distribution, BCD Music Group and The Talent House and operates in France, Italy and the U.K. The company manages all aspect of the digital distribution process including the negotiation of collective licenses, data delivery, marketing and consolidated electronic royalty reporting. By eliminating duplicative negotiations, content deliveries and accounting, DRA drives significant cost savings for both labels and digital outlets. DRA's outlet partners include download stores, subscription music services, Internet-connected jukeboxes and ringtone providers. The company's website is located at www.digitalrightsagency.com .

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