Burning Music Productions, the independently owned music company run by and home to Reggae music icon and Grammy-winning recording artist Winston ‘Burning Spear’ Rodney (O.D.) announces the termination of its digital distribution agreement with San Francisco based IRIS (Independent Recording Industry Services) Distribution as of November 13, 2008 based on agreement breaches by the company. Burning Music Productions was no longer able to continue to work with a company that would hinder its operations with un-fair business practices.
Based on the breaches of the agreement with IRIS Distribution including its continued non-payment of funds due to Burning Music Productions beginning in 2008 to present, the label has separately released the Best Reggae Album Grammy-nominated Burning Spear studio CD release, Jah Is Real. This album and the artist’s extensive catalog in the future will be released directly with the online digital services in order to return its normal business operations as sole rights owner of the release catalog. This quest for total independence by Burning Music Productions was a priority after having 12,000 CDs of Burning Spear’s music destroyed by another former distributor without cause.
Burning Spear’s iconic career spans nearly four decades in the music business and is a Grammy winner for his 1999 Calling Rastafari CD. Spear has received a record 11 nominations (most in the Reggae genre) for his releases to date, and numerous other awards worldwide for his music releases and live performances.