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From the August 2010 Press Release:

“We are delighted to make Dawn Raid a part of the SMC family and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them. We believe in them as a company and a management team and see nothing but tremendous success ahead.” – SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian:

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SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian: “We are delighted to make Dawn Raid a part of the SMC family and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them. We believe in them as a company and a management team and see nothing but tremendous success ahead.”

Aug 24, 2010 16:20 ET

SMC Recordings Partners With #1 New Zealand Entertainment Company Dawn Raid

Brings Chart Topping Artists to US Market

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  SMC Recordings Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SMCE) SMC Recordings, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a partnership with the South Pacific’s number one urban entertainment company, to bring their releases to the US. The independent Hip Hop label based in South Auckland, New Zealand has sold 2.5 million records across 30 releases. The label was catapulted onto the US Billboard charts, when their already platinum selling artist in New Zealand, Savage, released his smash hit “Swing.”

As currently planned, SMC Recordings anticipates that Savage will be the first Dawn Raid release through SMC Recordings in the US. SMC Recordings believes that Savage was the first Samoan artist to ever go platinum in the US. His success was pushed by his single, “Swing,” which impacted the charts in 2008 after appearing in the Blockbuster smash, “Knocked Up,” which starred Seth Rogen. To date the rapper has sold over 2.1 million copies in digital singles and ringtones of “Swing.” Preceding that, his single “Moonshine” featuring Akon was certified Platinum in 2005 and was Akon’s first # 1 hit record in the world.

“SMC have proven themselves to be a forward thinking independent operator with a clear vision for their artists and labels they represent. As we transition into a new era of the music business we want to be in partnership with people that understand niche markets like pacific Hip Hop and can add value to our label and ultimately our fans,” said Andy Murnane, CEO of Dawn Raid Entertainment.

SMC Recordings continues to take efforts which, if successful, may allow SMC Recordings to become a leader in Independent Hip Hop labels, with a roster that includes a diverse mix of Hip Hop legends such as Rakim and bringing underground artists such as the jacka on the Billboard charts. Dawn Raid artists fit right in line with their market. If circumstances allow and if market conditions permit, SMC Recordings anticipates that it may be entering into a similar partnership with Dawn Raid to distribute SMC artists in the New Zealand and Australian markets under the Universal umbrella that they are both distributed through.

“We are delighted to make Dawn Raid a part of the SMC family and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them. We believe in them as a company and a management team and see nothing but tremendous success ahead,” shared SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

Other Dawn Raid artists that may be released through SMC Recordings in the United States may include: Monsta, a Long Beach-based rapper who is a member of Underground legendary rapper Yukmouth’s (platinum selling duo The Luniz) group “The Regime.” Ganxsta Ridd, the lead MC for the pioneering West Coast Rap/Rock group Boo Ya Tribe, Aaradhna, a female R&B singer who has worked with Raphael Saadiq and DJ Quik. Compilation albums are also scheduled for release and include Pacific Reggae Hits Volume 1 & 2, featuring the best of Pacific Reggae artists.

Savage’s “The Tribal Council” in stores October 5, 2010
www.smcrecordings.com.

About SMC Recordings:
Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is a small company that is home to certain independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company’s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth.

SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC’s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

Forward Looking Statements:
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, or other factors which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the effect of general economic and market conditions, the small size of the Company, the Company’s limited financial resources, the Company’s entry into markets with vigorous competition, the Company’s relationship with Fontana and Universal, market acceptance of new and planned products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, technological shifts, and delays in product development and related product release schedules, any of which may cause revenues and income to fall short of anticipated levels. All information in this release is as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

Contact:
Ron Taylor
SMC Recordings
415-742-6177
investors@smcrecordings.com

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SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian: “We have had a lot of growth within the company this past year; a slew of successful releases and we’ve expanded our roster with established acts all the while continuing to successfully break new artists in the market. We are excited about the coming year and the major acts we will be adding to our roster soon.”

Aug 19, 2010 16:41 ET

SMC Recordings Inc. Is Locked and Loaded for a Stellar Finish to the Year Announcing the Remaining 2010 Release Schedule

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 19, 2010) –  SMC Recordings Inc. (PINKSHEETS:SMCE) After spending the first half of 2010 renewing their deal with Universal Music Groups Indie giant, Fontana, SMC Recordings is loading up releases to close out the year with some noise.

The crown jewel for SMC’s new releases comes in the form of a brand new album from Grammy award winner Killer Mike. His SMC debut “I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II,” garnered massive critical acclaim across the board and was even heralded as “the best Hip Hop album of 2008” by online giant HipHopDX. Mike is currently putting finishing touches on “PL3DGE” while working out of Atlanta’s legendary Tree Sounds studios where Elton John, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne & Outkast have all recorded chart topping masterpieces.

The releases began last week with the Billboard charting Thizz City, a compilation that marks the launch of the heavily anticipated SMC subdivision focusing on the best of San Francisco hip hop artists and introduces futures stars which include Roach Gigz, Killa Keise, Cam City and more.

Next on the release schedule is highly anticipated release from The Pack, who have received mainstream success over the years. They return on August 24th with Wolfpack Party. The album is already receiving rave reviews; Spin Magazine called it “engagingly fly”; and XXL said, “Wolfpack Party serves up the perfect soundtrack to the frat party and hood club.” The Pack’s first single “Wolfpack Party 2010” debuted on iTunes’ Top 100 Hip Hop songs while MTVU is doing the exclusive world premier for the video next week.

Another stellar release scheduled is the super-group: Keak Da Sneak, PSD The Drivah & Messy Marv. The trio is following up their Billboard charting debut with “Da Bidness 2” due out this November.

In addition to these stellar new releases, SMC has been working on major signings that not only ensure that 2010 will close strong but start 2011 with the best first quarter in the history of the company.

“We have had a lot of growth within the company this past year; a slew of successful releases and we’ve expanded our roster with established acts all the while continuing to successfully break new artists in the market. We are excited about the coming year and the major acts we will be adding to our roster soon,” said SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

www.smcrecordings.com

About SMC Recordings:

Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company’s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth.

SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC’s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, or other factors which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the effect of general economic and market conditions, entry into markets with vigorous competition, market acceptance of new products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, technological shifts, and delays in product development and related product release schedules, any of which may cause revenues and income to fall short of anticipated levels. All information in this release is as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

Contact:
Ron Taylor
SMC Recordings
415-742-6177
investors@smcrecordings.com

 

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SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian: “This re-vamping of our existing agreement is extremely significant as we have proven to be a fruitful partner to Fontana. Their increased support has given us the ability to move forward with the economic stability required in pursuit of big name talent. We have enjoyed great success recently and this positions us to continue on that road.”

Aug 17, 2010 16:01 ET

SMC Recordings Renews Contract With Fontana

Proven Success Leads to Greater Support From Fontana to Expand Roster Internationally

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 17, 2010) –  SMC Recordings Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SMCE) have renewed their long-term contract with Fontana, the independent marketing, sales and distribution subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company.

After five years of increasing sales and a slew of notable releases under Fontana, SMC looks to continue down this path as one of the most successful indie Hip Hop labels under their umbrella. Thanks in large part to Fontana’s unwavering support and expertise, SMC will continue to build its brand, targeting established artists to add to its roster, as well as further developing emerging artists. SMC is also delighted to announce that in partnership with Fontana, they will work with Universal Music Group International for all physical and digital releases outside of North America.

‘This re-vamping of our existing agreement is extremely significant as we have proven to be a fruitful partner to Fontana. Their increased support has given us the ability to move forward with the economic stability required in pursuit of big name talent. We have enjoyed great success recently and this positions us to continue on that road,” shared SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

“Ralph and his team at SMC are true entrepreneurs in every sense of the word,” added Ron Spaulding, President of Fontana. “They are real music lovers who have built a thriving business and dynamic roster. They are exactly the kind of partners we celebrate here at Fontana.”

SMC’s current roster is a diverse mixture of seasoned Hip Hop artists as well as new talent. With some of the most successful releases to date being hip hop legend Rakim, and Southern mainstays Killer Mike and Pastor Troy. They have also taken local acts such as Bay Area rapper The Jacka who was selling modest numbers locally and catapulting him into the National market; with his last release Tear Gas landing him #4 on the Billboard Rap chart.

SMC plans to aggressively expand their roster with impressive acquisitions, as well as continue to break new artists; building on an already stellar roster. With the backing of Fontana Distribution who values what SMC brings to the table and with the new Universal Worldwide Distribution; they will continue their rapid growth.

www.smcrecordings.com.

About SMC Recordings:
Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company’s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth.

SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC’s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, or other factors which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the effect of general economic and market conditions, entry into markets with vigorous competition, market acceptance of new products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, technological shifts, and delays in product development and related product release schedules, any of which may cause revenues and income to fall short of anticipated levels. All information in this release is as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

Contact:
Ron Taylor
SMC Recordings
415-742-6177
investors@smcrecordings.com

 

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SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian: “This is a very exciting start to our fall schedule of releases. The initial success of The Pack is a real tribute to our marketing and sales department and our distributor Fontana/Universal. These young guys have a lot of talent and are just a great group.”

Aug 25, 2010 17:14 ET

SMC Recordings Group The Pack Debuted at #7 on iTunes Hip Hop Chart

Music Video World Premiered on MtvU, Featured Every Hour

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) –  SMC Recordings Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SMCE) act The Pack released their newest album “Wolfpack Party” to some stellar early numbers. Debuting at #7 on the iTunes Rap/Hip Hop chart, the number one music retailer in the U.S. They were joined on the charts by such industry heavy weights as Eminem, Lil Wayne and B.O.B.

The MtvU channel premiered The Pack’s new video for their single “Wolfpack Party” on their release day and played it at the top of each hour. MtvU is a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks and is available on more than 750 college and university campuses across the United States, as well as to several digital cable packages. It reaches nearly 9 million U.S. college students — making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. This is right in line with their fan base as XXL Magazine noted in a recent review, “Wolfpack Party serves up the perfect soundtrack to the frat party and hood club.”

“This is a very exciting start to our fall schedule of releases. The initial success of The Pack is a real tribute to our marketing and sales department and our distributor Fontana/Universal. These young guys have a lot of talent and are just a great group,” said SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

The group first made headlines in 2006, when their trendsetting hit single “Vans,” took over the airwaves. It was named #5 in the Rolling Stone’s Top 50 songs list for that year, and has sold 300,000 to date. With their newest release already breaking out to some great numbers, the party is truly just beginning.

“Wolfpack Party” is in stores now.

www.smcrecordings.com

About SMC Recordings:

Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company’s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth.
SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC’s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, or other factors which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the effect of general economic and market conditions, entry into markets with vigorous competition, market acceptance of new products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, technological shifts, and delays in product development and related product release schedules, any of which may cause revenues and income to fall short of anticipated levels. All information in this release is as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

Contact:
Ron Taylor
SMC Recordings
415-742-6177
investors@smcrecordings.com

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SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian: “The Pack is a great fit for our label, as we have proven success with these niche groups of Hip Hop artists. With their crossover appeal and a sound that stays one step ahead of the trends, they add incredible depth and prestige to our roster.”

May 19, 2010 16:25 ET

SMC Recordings Lands Major Act Signing The Pack

Former Jive Records Group Added to Label Roster

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – May 19, 2010) –  SMC Recordings Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SMCE) continues to attract some of the hottest artists out — adding to its already stellar roster. Their most recent signee is former Jive Records act, The Pack. The young group first made headlines in 2006, when their trendsetting hit single “Vans,” took over the airwaves. It was named #5 in the Rolling Stone’s Top 50 songs list for that year, and has sold 300,000 to date.

The Berkeley, CA-based group, comprised of members Lil Uno, Young L, Lil B and Stunnaman, was discovered by Hip Hop legend Too $hort, who signed them to Jive Records. They released an album and an EP with the label, quickly achieving a large following for their unique and edgy sound created by in-house producer and group member Young L. They appeal to everyone from hip hop heads to skate boarders. Their music’s influence has had great reach; even making its way into famed comedian Dave Chappelle’s skits, who brought up their popular song “Vans” to the delight of the audience at a recent show.

“I tried signing The Pack when ‘Vans’ broke but how could I compete with Too $hort?” remembers SMC Recording’s Chief Operating Officer Will Bronson.
“The Pack has always been ahead of the curve and with this new album, the songs are stellar, and they’ve truly evolved into stars. We’ve got so much in store for these guys, its incredible.”

The Pack’s first album on SMC Recordings, Wolfpack Party, features production by Young L with additional help from hit-making newcomers The Cataracs keeping them musically as leaders of “the pack.”

“The Pack is a great fit for our label, as we have proven success with these niche groups of Hip Hop artists. With their crossover appeal and a sound that stays one step ahead of the trends, they add incredible depth and prestige to our roster,” said SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

The group has is currently putting the finishing touches to their SMC debut and preparing for their summer tour.

The “Wolfpack Party 2010” single and ringtone are available now.

www.smcrecordings.com

About SMC Recordings:

Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company’s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth.

SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC’s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, or other factors which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the effect of general economic and market conditions, entry into markets with vigorous competition, market acceptance of new products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, technological shifts, and delays in product development and related product release schedules, any of which may cause revenues and income to fall short of anticipated levels. All information in this release is as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

Contact:
Ron Taylor
SMC Recordings
415-742-6177
investors@smcrecordings.com

 

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SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian: “We are proud of this stellar album that we have put out and know it’s going to keep moving steadily in sales. Murs and 9th Wonder are poised well in the digital, claiming almost half of his first week sales.”

Apr 30, 2010 16:01 ET

SMC Recordings Murs Release Impressive First Week Numbers

#2 on iTunes Hip Hop/Rap Chart & #9 on Billboard Rap & Indie Charts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – April 30, 2010) –  SMC Recordings Inc.(PINKSHEETS: SMCE) Hip Hop artist, Murs released his newest project, “ForNever” with producer 9th Wonder, on SMC Recordings/Team Taco April 13th to stellar first week numbers. “ForNever” is making a huge impact on the charts, with first day sales landing the album #2 on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap chart and #5 on Amazon’s Hip Hop & and Pop Rap Charts. Great numbers on the Billboard charts as well; #9 on Independent Albums, #9 on Rap Albums, #22 on R&B / Hip-Hop Albums, and #87 on Billboard Top 200. With an aggressive marketing campaign and strong digital push, these early numbers prove success for this much anticipated album.

Murs track “Fornever” will be the iTunes “Single of The Week” on the homepage starting April 27th. As iTunes most coveted retail marketing program, it averages 300,000 downloads and will be a major push for album sales. iTunes got on board in support of the album, featuring the project on the homepage on release date and a continued prominent feature as the “New and Noteworthy” album on the Hip Hop page.

The music video for “ForNever’s” first single “The Problem Is” has been added to MTV Jams and will be in rotation on MTVU soon. Murs recently embarked on a headlining 40-city tour, promoting his newest project. Media and fans have given an overwhelming response to the newest project, as another classic album that does not disappoint.

“We are proud of this stellar album that we have put out and know it’s going to keep moving steadily in sales. Murs and 9th Wonder are poised well in the digital, claiming almost half of his first week sales,” said SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

Murs has enjoyed a successful solo career and notoriety as a member of respected hip hop group Living Legends. He has released and appeared on over 30 albums with numerous songs placed in popular video games. Recently having left Warner Brother’s Records he is keeping the momentum going, partnering with long time collaborative partner 9th Wonder. The two have achieved acclaim for their work together on their joint album, Murray’s Revenge, an independent success and Murs independent release; & Murs 3:16- The 9th Edition.

“ForNever,” is the fourth collaborative album with critically acclaimed producer 9th Wonder; who has produced for the who’s who list in hip hop and soul from Jay-z and Nas to Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, Cold Play and Destiny’s Child. The duo’s first two collaborations sold a combined 112,000 records.

www.smcrecordings.com

About SMC Recordings:

Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company’s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth. SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC’s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, or other factors which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the effect of general economic and market conditions, entry into markets with vigorous competition, market acceptance of new products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, technological shifts, and delays in product development and related product release schedules, any of which may cause revenues and income to fall short of anticipated levels. All information in this release is as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

Contact:
Ron Taylor
SMC Recordings
415-742-6177
investors@smcrecordings.com

 

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