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Kerchoonz Social Network and Streaming Site Signs Key Independent Labels: 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings.

Kerchoonz.com Expands Free Streaming Music Catalog with Beggars Group Partnership

GLASGLOW, Scotland -- Social Networking and music streaming site Kerchoonz.com announces an agreement with Europe's largest independent music label group, Beggars Group. The deal will allow users of Kerchoonz free access to approximately 20,000 tracks from Beggars' significant catalogue. Beggars Group represents the labels XL Recordings, Rough Trade, Matador, and 4AD and whose acts include a diverse selection of award-winning artists such as Grammy award winner Adele and The Strokes.

"This deal will allow us to provide an even broader selection of great independent music for all music lovers," says Indiana Gregg, co-founder of Kerchoonz. "We are honored to be working with the Beggars Group and look forward to do our part to help grow their digital business."

The agreement with the label group represents a major boost to Kerchoonz growing catalogue of independent music. The Beggars Group catalogue will be available on demand and for free through Kerchoonz ad-funded model that allows labels and musicians to be paid for their media streams. The deal includes music from all European-based labels and artists. Fans will be able to stream and build music playlists and interact with the artists through the Kerchoonz.com social networking portal.

"We're committed to making our catalogue available through as wide a range of services as possible," says Simon Wheeler, director of Beggars. "Kerchoonz was constructed with the artists' rights in mind and they are exactly the kind of company which the industry should support."

About Kerchoonz

Kerchoonz, founded by Indiana Gregg and Ian Morrow in 2008, is a forward thinking, multi-media company conceived to help level the playing field for artistic people through the democratizing power of the internet and freedom of choice for the artists and the public.

Kerchoonz.com is a social networking platform that allows free exchange of music, art, ideas and entertainment. It enables fans to search and discover new music, play games, meet people, watch and upload video, keep up with news, post blogs, and a whole lot more. It is an ad-funded model that allows artists and musicians to be paid for their audio and video streams.

About Beggars:

In 2009, the labels that form the group are 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings. Artists currently working with the above labels include Adele, Anthony & The Johnsons, Atlas Sound, Basement Jaxx, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Beirut, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, The Breeders, Cat Power, Jarvis Cocker, Dizzee Rascal, The Hold Steady, Jay Reatard, Mogwai, M.I.A., My Morning Jacket, The National, The Raconteurs, Scott Walker, Sigur Ros, The Strokes, Stereolab, Super Furry Animals, Thom Yorke, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Voxtrot, The White Stripes and Yo La Tengo.
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