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Warner Music Group and Crush Music co-founders Jonathan Daniel and Bob McLynn announced the formation of a joint-venture label Thursday morning (2/25). The first act signed to the newly established label will be iconic SoCal band Weezer, whose self-titled 10th LP, aka the White Album, is set to drop on 4/1. Future Crush Music label releases will be released via either WMG label.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the entire global Warner Music team over the years, developing and breaking artists such as Panic! at the Disco, Travie McCoy/Gym Class Heroes and more,” said McLynn. “So when it was time to find a partner for our new label venture, we knew WMG would be a natural fit.”

“Crush has an impressive ability to attract and develop unique talent," noted Warner Bros. chief Cameron Strang. "This new label will make an excellent addition to the family, and we are all looking forward to working together to nurture exciting artists and release amazing music."

Daniel and McLynn are responsible for discovering Crush Music’s major acts, including Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, while revamping the careers of Sia, Train and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Since its establishment as a management company in 2002, Crush Music has grown into a full-service music company encompassing radio, digital, TV/film, brand partnerships, PR and content production. Crush Music's marketing staff, overseen by CMO Dan Kruchkow, will work all releases in conjunction with the WMG labels. Crush’s A&R staff, helmed by Evan Taubenfeld, will continue to focus on unearthing and building talent.