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Lang Van To Exclusively Represent the "Four Pillars" of Vietnamese Music's Golden Era

Music Label, Production and Publishing Company Bolsters Catalog With Content from More Than a Dozen Labels (July 22, 2014)

WESTMINSTER, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lang Van, owner of the world's largest catalog of Vietnamese music, announces the acquisition of the catalogs of what are considered the "four pillars" from the Golden Era of Vietnamese music: Che Linh, Nhat Truong, Duy Khanh, and Hung Cuong. The brand is now exclusively representing 90% of major Vietnamese record labels and sub-labels, which emerged out of Orange County, Calif. during the 1970s. From their traditional Vietnamese backgrounds to their Western influence, these four singers fostered the growth of Vietnamese music to create legacies lasting decades:

  • Che Linh (Tu Nhi): A legendary and well-revered performer in Vietnamese music, Che Linh has been under the Lang Van umbrella since the birth of the company nearly three decades ago. This acquisition marks the first time he has ever transferred the rights to all his compositions, many of which have become timeless classics. Studio collaboration between Lang Van and Che Linh for a new album has also been confirmed.
  • Nhat Truong (Tran Thien Thanh): Lang Van also secured the exclusive rights to all of composer Tran Thien Thanh's musical works. Tran Thien Thanh, whose music has set creative standards for Vietnamese music since the Golden era, is also known by his stage name Nhat Truong. This is also is the first time the rights to his compositions have been released.
  • Duy Khanh: Duy Khanh has long been considered a role model for aspiring artists due to his ability to transcend musical emotions beyond words, as well as his untiring commitment to music. Lang Van exclusively signed the singer-songwriter to its label when he first arrived in the United States, and proceeded to acquire the singer's own record label, Truong Son-Duy Khanh, in the late '90s.
  • Hung Cuong: Remembered and admired for his confident and provocative stage persona, Hung Cuong is the definition of a truly versatile performer, whose works range from rock 'n' roll to pop music and Vietnamese folk operas (Cai Luong). Lang Van is one of three major record labels that he worked with; with the other labels, Thuy Anh and Mai Ngoc Khanh, now under the Lang Van umbrella, Lang Van is now the only company to own works by the artist.

The newly added catalogs come from official deals to exclusively represent 13 record labels, including:

  1. Bich Thu Van Productions
  2. Bien Tinh Productions
  3. Bien Tinh Manh Quynh Collections
  4. Ca Dao Productions
  5. Giao Linh Productions
  6. Hoang Yen Productions
  7. Huong Xua Productions
  8. L&T Productions
  9. Mai Ngoc Khanh
  10. New Castle Productions
  11. Toc May Productions
  12. Trung Tam Truong Hai
  13. Tu Quynh Productions

In addition to new recording catalogs, Lang Van has also been chosen by prolific composers Tran Thien Thanh, aka Nhat Truong and Tu Nhi, aka Che Linh to officially manage the copyrights and licensing of all of their compositions.

"These new moves show not only the momentum of our company as a leading worldwide content owner and retailer for Vietnamese music and entertainment programs, but our forward-thinking goals in supporting the growth of the Asian music industry," said Mimi Nguyen, chief operating officer, Lang Van. "We're grateful to be aligned with such esteemed artists whose content takes us closer to uniting and nurturing a vital part of our culture, and look forward to sharing more of the most creative talent to come out of Vietnam with the rest of the world."

The acquisition comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Lang Van in January 2014, in which the company named U.S. investor groups and a Vietnamese corporation as defendants in a case of copyright infringement.

About Lang Van
Lang Van is the owner of the world's largest collection of Vietnamese music. A family-owned business, the company was founded in 1985 as a music production and publishing company, and has built out its catalog over the last three decades to more than 12,000 recordings, 6,500 music videos, and 35 sub-labels such as Truong Son Duy Khanh, Be Xuan Mai's Con Co Be Be, Elvis Phuong's label EP Productions, Nguoi Dep Binh Duong GOLD, and others. Today, Lang Van operates as a music publisher, management company, distribution channel and retailer of some of the biggest names in Vietnamese music, such as Che Linh, Duy Khanh, Phi Nhung, Tuan Vu and many more. Based in Westminster, Calif., Lang Van is the only U.S.-based production company to have representative offices in the largest Vietnamese communities throughout the world: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam since 1995, Paris since 1989, and Washington D.C. since 1988, as well as several retail locations throughout the U.S.

Lang Van is currently producing music for Vietnamese artists Wowy, Nah and Minh Kien, and recently was a media partner for UNICEF's first-ever ZEROawards gala helping raise over $430,000 USD in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in December 2013, the largest amount raised to date.

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