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Central South Distribution Merges With Lataillade Entertainment
and Ruff Town Entertainment Group

Central South Distribution Merges With Lataillade Entertainment and Ruff Town Entertainment Group

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(New York, NY) Central South Distribution, Inc., which has been the number one independent faith based record distributor in the world for the past decade, has formed a partnership with Lataillade Entertainment, headed by independent contemporary gospel label/publishing/marketing guru Vicki Mack-Lataillade, and her husband, Claude Lataillade, and Ruff Town Entertainment Group, an entity founded by Grammy nominated and noted songwriter/producer/recording artist Rene Moore. The multi-million dollar stock purchase marks the first time in history that three African Americans’ will have a principal stake and partnership in a major contemporary music distribution company. Randy Davidson, founder and CEO of Central South, Inc., made the unprecedented and milestone announcement today, which is effective immediately.

Vicki Mack-Lataillade, Claude Lataillade, and Rene Moore, will serve on Central South’s Board of Directors along with Davidson, Chuck Adams, co-founder and President of Central South, and Greg Davidson, the company’s Vice-President of Finance. Central South is a privately held and family owned business that has been based in Nashville, Tennessee, since its’ inception in 1970. On top of being the #1 independent faith based distributor, they rank #2 behind Sony/BMG/Provident/Integrity as the leading distributor of faith based music in the US. Over the past decade Central South built a chain of 90 retail stores that grossed $100 million in volume, and has successfully crossed over its’ nearly 80% urban contemporary gospel and faith based music into major retail chains like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. The Lataillade’s are credited with birthing the most successful independent gospel label ever, Gospo Centric Records, which along with several other companies has generated over $100 million dollars. Vijay Chandran, President of the Cauvery Group, Inc., arranged the financing for the acquisition.

The groundbreaking alliance is not only a first in breaking racial barriers, but it also marks the first time an African American woman, Mack-Lataillade, and a recording artist, Moore, two of the industry’s leading artist development and content providers, will have a primary role with a leading distributor. The synergy of the principals is designed to convert Central South into a vertically integrated entity that can immediately monetize every aspect of consumer consumption for both secular and non-secular music.



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