HOUSTON, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mathew Knowles' Music World Gospel, an imprint label of Music World Music, today signed an exclusive International Distribution Agreement with Houston-based gospel recording artist James Fortune and Fiya World, LLC for recordings distributed worldwide, excluding North American. This Agreement covers any and all product that Fiya World, LLC wishes to place forth for distribution that feature the performances of James Fortune and/or FIYA.
Fortune is a Stellar Award winner and the winner of two prestigious ASCAP Awards for Gospel Song of the Year for "You Survived," (2006) from his debut CD of the same title, which peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Song chart, and "I Trust You," (2009) from his sophomore CD, The Transformation. His groundbreaking, chart-topping and history-making single, "I Trust You," is the longest #1 hit single in gospel music, eclipsing the six-month run of Marvin Sapp's hit single, "Never Would Have Made It." "I Trust You" remained at #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Song charts for 29 consecutive weeks. The Transformation peaked at #3 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album chart. Fortune's third CD, Encore peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album chart and the first single and title track, peaked at # 4 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Song chart.
"James Fortune has had very successful records in the U.S.," said Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. "We look forward to building his platform and brand worldwide. Music World Entertainment has achieved an overwhelming amount of success internationally. Gospel music is growing tremendously in the foreign territories. And we, as well as our partners, are on the frontline of expanding gospel music globally."
"We are excited about teaming with Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel internationally," said James Fortune, founder and CEO of Fiya World, LLC. "I look forward to having my music, as well as my artists' music, heard around the world. I'm also looking forward to exploring touring opportunities and selling more records. Music World's success is unprecedented globally."
ABOUT MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
Music World Gospel (MWG) is a premiere faith-based record and management company under the umbrella of Music World Entertainment. MWG is dedicated to developing creative and innovative approaches to producing and promoting gospel, sacred, and inspirational music worldwide. Its mission is to reach, inspire and empower a diverse audience around the globe. MWG features a roster of award-winning recording artists, joint ventures and special projects including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson, Juanita Bynum, Le'Andria Johnson, Micah Stampley, Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Bishop Lester Love, ESSENCE Gospel, the Most Powerful Voices and The Gospel Superfest brands. MWG's joint ventures and partnerships include Universal Music Christian Group, Fontana Distribution, Integrity Africa, BET, ESSENCE Communications, Son Flower Records, Interface Entertainment, Dr. Bobby Cartwright, Jr., The Love Group, LLC, and James Fortune and Fiya World, LLC. The company has achieved record breaking success on the sales and radio charts, with several artists' albums and singles debuting atop Billboard and Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA) charts and remaining in the Top 5, 10 and 20 positions for as many as 100 weeks and counting.
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