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.In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos.^ GaGa records - label of House music .
  • GaGa records - label of House music 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.gagarecords.com [Source type: General]

^ Music record labels are an ever-changing part of the music industry.
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^ In the music industry , a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos .
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.Most commonly, a record label is the company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing and promotion, and enforcement of copyright protection of sound recordings and music videos; conducts talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or A&R); and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers.^ AIM Recording Company Record label for all genres of recorded music.
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^ C Columbia Records Record label providing worldwide management and distribution for a variety of artists.
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^ We manufacture, distribute and promote your music.

.The term "record label" originally referred to the circular label in the center of a vinyl record that prominently displayed the manufacturer's name, along with other information.^ Vinyl record information .
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^ Nobody's perfect Other record labels .
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^ The other $14 goes to the record label.
  • Starting a record label | Start your own record label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.hiphopave.net [Source type: General]

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The music industry

.Within the music industry, recording artists have been increasingly reliant upon record labels to broaden their audience, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on radio, television, with publicists that assist performers in positive media reports to market their merchandise, and make it available via stores and other media outlets.^ After all, record labels have always pushed music that was appealing to an audience.

^ GaGa records - label of House music .
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^ In the music industry , a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos .
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.The internet has increasingly been a way that some artists avoid costs and gain new audiences, as well as the use of videos in some cases, to sell their products.^ The internet has increasingly been a way that some artists avoid costs and gain new audiences, as well as the use of videos in some cases, to sell their products.
  • Sundown Songs - Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.sundownsongs.com [Source type: General]

^ Rather, our objective is to assist artists in widespread promotion by recording their new releases with top producers in well-regarded studios, merchandising and touring.
  • Sonance Records | Independent Record Label from San Diego 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.sonancerecords.com [Source type: General]

^ Well-known bands and singers, along with their labels, are teaming with major advertisers and agencies for promotions that seek to sell brand-name products as well as CD's or downloads.
  • The Retail Profit System - Marketing Deals with Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.retailprofitsystem.com [Source type: General]

Major vs. Independent record labels

.Record labels may be small, localized, and "independent" ("indie"), or they may be part of a large international media group, or somewhere in between.^ Lojinx Independent record label in the UK. .

^ Below is a record label history of the group.
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^ The record label gets a large part of the profits from the music sold.This is different from an indie label .
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.The largest 4 record labels are called major labels.^ Everyone has their take on major record labels.
  • Get Signed On List of Major Record Labels Contract at Inside The Music Biz 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.inside-the-music-biz.com [Source type: General]

^ Major and independant record labels and/or companies .
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^ I would call this a record label in a box .

[2] .A sublabel is a label that is part of, but trades under a different name from, a larger record company.^ Filed Under: blogs , record labels .
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^ Filed Under: record labels , salaries .
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^ Company Name: * Does your record label have a website?
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Imprint

.When a label is strictly a trademark or brand, not a company, then it is usually called an imprint, a term used for the same concept in the publishing industry.^ When a label is strictly a trademark or brand, not a company, then it is usually called an imprint , a term used for the same concept in the publishing industry.
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^ When a label is strictly a trademark or brand, not a company, then it is sometimes called an imprint .
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^ In a lay man's term, a record label is a company that manages such brands and trademarks; handle the distribution, promotion, production, manufacture and most important, the administration of copyright protection of sound recording and music videos.

.An imprint is sometimes marketed as being a project, unit, or division of a record label company, even though there is no legal business structure associated with the imprint.^ There were no even-numbered 7" releases.

^ Is there a future for record labels?
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^ An imprint is sometimes marketed as being a project or division of a label company, even though there is no legal business structure associated with the imprint.
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Major labels

Major labels 1988–1998 (Big Six)
  1. Warner Music Group
  2. EMI
  3. Sony Music
  4. BMG Music
  5. Universal Music Group
  6. Polygram
Major labels 1998–2004 (Big Five)
  1. Warner Music Group
  2. EMI
  3. Sony Music
  4. BMG Music
  5. Universal Music Group (Polygram absorbed into UMG)
Major labels 2004–2008 (Big Four)
  1. Warner Music Group
  2. EMI
  3. Sony BMG (Sony and BMG joint-venture)
  4. Universal Music Group
Major labels since 2008 (Big Four)
  1. Warner Music Group
  2. EMI
  3. Sony Music Entertainment (Sony acquires 100% of BMG)
  4. Universal Music Group
.Record labels are often under the control of a corporate umbrella organization called a music group.^ SK Music records independent label .
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^ Music Research » record labels .

^ Filed Under: itunes , music tax , record labels .
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.A music group is typically owned by an international conglomerate holding company, which often has non-music divisions as well.^ A music group is typically owned by an international conglomerate holding company , which often has non-music divisions as well.
  • Sundown Songs - Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.sundownsongs.com [Source type: General]

^ A music group is typically owned by international conglomerate holding company , which often has non-music divisions as well.
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^ Once they've received enough revenue from their own material, they may then consider holding auditions for groups and singers.
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.A music group controls and consists of music publishing companies, record (sound recording) manufacturers, record distributors, and record labels.^ SK Music records independent label .
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^ Record companies (manufacturers, distributors, and labels) may also comprise a record group which is, in turn, controlled by a music group.
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^ Music publishing and recording packages available.
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.As of 2005, the "big four" music groups control about 70% of the world music market, and about 80% of the United States music market.^ As of 2005, the "big four" music groups control about 70% of the world music market , and about 80% of the United States music market.
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^ The Big Four record labels are composed of EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and Warner.
  • Indie Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.alterhit.com [Source type: General]

^ Lately, major record labels—specifically, the "Big Four" (EMI, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and their many subsidiaries)—have been looking for folks like you.
  • August is "Ban Major Record Labels Month" - Columns by PC Magazine 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.pcmag.com [Source type: General]

.Record companies (manufacturers, distributors, and labels) may also comprise a record group which is, in turn, controlled by a music group.^ Record labels are companies that record and promote musical artists.
  • Find Local and National Record Labels in these Major Cities 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.magicyellow.com [Source type: General]

^ SK Music records independent label .
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^ Record companies (manufacturers, distributors, and labels) may also comprise a record group which is, in turn, controlled by a music group.
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  • Sundown Songs - Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.sundownsongs.com [Source type: General]

.The constituent companies in a music group or record group are sometimes marketed as being divisions of the group.^ Companies: warner music group .
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC wwew.techdirt.com [Source type: General]
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^ The constituent companies in a music group or record group are sometimes marketed as being divisions of the group.
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^ As of 2005, the "big four" music groups control about 70% of the world music market , and about 80% of the United States music market.
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Independent

.Record companies and music publishers that are not under the control of the big four are generally considered to be independent (indie), even if they are large corporations with complex structures.^ Opus3 Records, an independent Swedish Record company.
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^ Indie Record company run by musicians for musicians.
  • overhear - Independent Record Labels in Ontario, Canada 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.overhear.com [Source type: General]

^ SK Music records independent label .
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.Some prefer to use the term indie label to refer to only those independent labels that adhere to an arbitrary, ill-defined criteria of corporate structure and size, and some consider an indie label to be almost any label that releases non-mainstream music, regardless of its corporate structure.^ Some prefer to use the term indie label to refer to only those independent labels that adhere to an arbitrary, ill-defined criteria of corporate structure and size, and some consider an indie label to be almost any label that releases non-mainstream music, regardless of its corporate structure.
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^ Some labels only pay for the distribution and promotion of your music.

^ Indie label whose motto is : Independent!
  • bandVillage :: Paving the way for Independent Musicians 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.bandvillage.com [Source type: General]

Sublabel

.Music collectors often use the term sublabel to refer to either an imprint or a subordinate label company (such as those within a group).^ Music collectors often use the term sublabel to refer to either an imprint or a subordinate label company (such as those within a group).
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^ The term "record label" originally referred to the circular label in the center of a vinyl record that prominently displayed the manufacturer's name, along with other information.
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^ Similarly, collectors who choose to treat corporations and trademarks as equivalent might say 4th & B'way is an imprint and/or sublabel of both Island Records, Ltd.
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.For example, in the 1980s and 1990s, "4th & B'way" was a trademarked brand owned by Island Records Ltd.^ For example, in the 1980s and 1990s, "4th & B'way" was a trademarked brand owned by Island Records Ltd.
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^ Similarly, collectors who choose to treat corporations and trademarks as equivalent might say 4th & B'way is an imprint and/or sublabel of both Island Records, Ltd.
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^ In this way, record labels will kinda be like fashion labels with their own retail boutiques and philosophies.
  • New Record Label: Starbucks - PSFK 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.psfk.com [Source type: General]

in the UK and by a subordinate branch, .Island Records, Inc.^ Island Records, Inc.
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^ Flip Records Floodgate Records Flora FlowMusic Flying Fish Flyte Time Records Fonanata Island Merc Fonosound Fonovisa Fonovisa Inc.
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^ UK and by a subordinate branch, Island Records, Inc., in the United States.
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, in the United States. The center label on a 4th & Broadway record marketed in the U.S. would typically bear a 4th & B'way logo and would state in the fine print, "4th & B'way™, an .Island Records, Inc.^ Island Records, Inc.
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^ Flip Records Floodgate Records Flora FlowMusic Flying Fish Flyte Time Records Fonanata Island Merc Fonosound Fonovisa Fonovisa Inc.
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^ UK and by a subordinate branch, Island Records, Inc., in the United States.
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company". .Collectors discussing labels as brands would say that 4th & B'way is a sublabel or imprint of just "Island" or "Island Records". Similarly, collectors who choose to treat corporations and trademarks as equivalent might say 4th & B'way is an imprint and/or sublabel of both Island Records, Ltd.^ Not just for record labels!
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^ Some here might say that Midriff Records is just breaking in.

^ The Way Things are going, we just might have to.
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and that company's sublabel, .Island Records, Inc.^ Island Records, Inc.
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^ Flip Records Floodgate Records Flora FlowMusic Flying Fish Flyte Time Records Fonanata Island Merc Fonosound Fonovisa Fonovisa Inc.
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^ UK and by a subordinate branch, Island Records, Inc., in the United States.
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However, such definitions are complicated by the corporate mergers that occurred in 1989 (when Island was sold to PolyGram) and 1998 (when PolyGram merged with Universal). .Island remained registered as corporations in both the U.S. and UK, but control of its brands changed hands multiple times as new companies were formed, diminishing the corporation's distinction as the "parent" of any sublabels.^ Similarly, collectors who choose to treat corporations and trademarks as equivalent might say 4th & B'way is an imprint and/or sublabel of both Island Records, Ltd.
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^ That way, the parent company can capture any additional sales in older "catalog" recordings that may result from the publicity surrounding the new release.
  • Old Stars, New Music, New Money - Forbes.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.forbes.com [Source type: General]

^ I would expect that as new formats take form, we will see a change to these ceremonies.

Vanity labels

.Vanity labels are labels that bear an imprint that gives the impression of an artist's ownership or control, but in fact represent a standard artist/label relationship.^ The problem here is that even though the music belongs to the label, the artists’ reputation and relationship with fans is more valuable.
  • What I Learned at My Record Label Job - Musician Wages.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.musicianwages.com [Source type: General]

^ The label launch is also part of TAG's initiative to cultivate relationships with the urban community through programs that give opportunities to aspiring MCs.
  • Dupri To Lead TAG-Branded Record Label | Billboard.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.billboard.com [Source type: General]

^ Rich also serves as a board member representing the Independent music label community on the boards of the SoundExchange and the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies ("AARC").

.In such an arrangement, the artist will control nothing more than the usage of the name on the label, but may enjoy a greater say in the packaging of his or her work.^ I had the name DJ Haze since 98' but when I started to do more production work than djing I dropped the DJ and...
  • Submit Music to Record Label A&Rs, Buy and Sell Your Music and Get Fans 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.emusicblast.com [Source type: General]

^ After the artist pays for everything, and after the company has received a more than generous profit, the company retains ownership of the masters.
  • Multiple Rights Deals Changing How Record Labels Make Money - BLACK ENTERPRISE 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.blackenterprise.com [Source type: General]

^ Many artists, especially those whose music doesn't easily fit into established categories, may feel that alternative music record labels are a better fit.
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.An example of such a label is the Neutron label owned by ABC while at Phonogram in Great Britain.^ The label features Richard's own recordings as well as those by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Ungagged, Ukulele Rebels, Don Partridge, Herbie Flowers and fellow musicians from the growing LongMan acoustic community.
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^ Now, one small independent label in Great Britain is doing the opposite: It's giving the rights to the artists -- and anyone else who wants to use the music, too.
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^ Killwatt was a record label from Great Britain which produced albums for NWOBHM bands lik: Angel Witch .
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.At one point artist Lizzie Tear (under contract with ABC themselves) appeared on the imprint, but it was devoted almost entirely to ABC's offerings and is still used for their re-releases (though Phonogram owns the masters of all the work issued on the label).^ In Canada all four major labels have exclusively switched to digital distribution for promotional releases, preventing the manufacture and shipping of millions of ecologically harmful CDs.

^ Some prefer to use the term indie label to refer to only those independent labels that adhere to an arbitrary, ill-defined criteria of corporate structure and size, and some consider an indie label to be almost any label that releases non-mainstream music, regardless of its corporate structure.
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^ Featuring previews of new releases from Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, Onsunlade, Man Friday, Mateo and Matos, Quentin Harris, Ultra N\te, AK, Yrban SOul and many other quality artists from this well respected house music record label.
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.However, not all labels dedicated to particular artists are completely superficial in origin.^ I also recommend it to labels who are looking for real, original artists.
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^ As the best independent record label in Atlanta, it is dedicated to lifting all artists to the spotlight.
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^ Don't buy a CD – the artist makes next to nothing due to all the costs the labels make the artist pay for.

.Many artists, early in their careers, create their own labels which are later bought out by a bigger company.^ Many labels were started by artists with the sole purpose of putting out their own music.
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^ Also see Prince under Wikipedia to see how one artist fought back early on and now doesn't even rely on labels and he's still #1 on the charts and at the bank!!!!

^ Many artists, especially those whose music doesn't easily fit into established categories, may feel that alternative music record labels are a better fit.
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.If this is the case it can sometimes give the artist greater freedom than if they were signed directly to the big label.^ Before artists can be signed, they have to be discovered.
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^ Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” (Matthew 15:16) This label will help musical and visual artists show their light to others.

^ Minty Fresh Genre: pop A little more upbeat than some of Chicagos other indie rock labels, Minty Fresh has a decidedly pop outlook in its choices of artists.
  • Chicago's Record Labels: Music: Patrick Sisson: CenterstageChicago.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.centerstagechicago.com [Source type: General]

.There are many examples of this kind of label, such as Nothing Records, owned by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails; and Morning Records, owned by The Cooper Temple Clause, who were releasing EPs for years before the company was bought by RCA.^ We released 6 records which is twice as many in a single year then any year in the past.

^ Is there a future for record labels?
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^ We've done 7 records to date, 4 of which were released this year.

Relationship with artists

.A label typically enters into an exclusive recording contract with an artist to market the artist's recordings in return for royalties on the selling price of the recordings.^ Most contracts have nothing to do with the actual price the record sells for.
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^ Record labels are sales and marketing engines .
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^ (When a record label "signs" an artist, it simply means that the artist makes an exclusive contract with that record label.

.Contracts may extend over short or long durations, and may or may not refer to specific recordings.^ As stated above, a record label company may have many different trademarks/brands, which they will refer to with various terms -- they'll say the trademark is a "label" or "imprint" or "division" or "project" of the company.
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.Established, successful artists tend to be able to renegotiate their contracts to get terms more favorable to them, but Prince's much-publicized 1994–1996 feud with Warner Bros.^ Major Record labels, deals, contracts and music marketing at A&R Online Your one stop resource for record labels, deals, marketing tips for musicians, music promotion, songwriting and much more!
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^ Platinum-selling rapper Lil Flip has entered a contract with Warner Bros.
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^ A few years later after success with artists such as the Eagles and Jackson Browne, Warner Communications bought Asylum and kept Geffen in charge of the label.
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provides a strong counterexample, as does Roger McGuinn's claim, made in July 2000 before a U.S. Senate committee, that The Byrds never received any of the royalties they had been promised for their biggest hits, "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn".[3]
.A contract either provides for the artist to deliver completed recordings to the label, or for the label to undertake the recording with the artist.^ Sample producer and record label contracts .
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^ Kelp Records Kelp Artists Kelp Records, Canadian Independent Record Label since 1994.
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^ Many artists, especially those whose music doesn't easily fit into established categories, may feel that alternative music record labels are a better fit.
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.For artists without a recording history, the label is often involved in selecting producers, recording studios, additional musicians, and songs to be recorded, and may supervise the output of recording sessions.^ No artists could be without the record label.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

^ The record label used 300,000 songs without permission.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

^ Below is a record label history of the group.
  • Chords Record Label Shots 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.colorradio.com [Source type: General]

.For established artists, a label is usually less involved in the recording process.^ Since being featured on the front page, I've had at least a dozen record labels request my cd and I've established relationships with a lot of industry executives.
  • Major Record labels, deals, contracts and music marketing at A&R Online 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.aandronline.com [Source type: General]

^ Many artists, especially those whose music doesn't easily fit into established categories, may feel that alternative music record labels are a better fit.
  • Alternative Music Record Labels – Web Listings 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ The two Companies will split the profits from this joint venture by a certain percentage, usually in the favor of the Major Record Label.

.Although both parties allegedly need each other to survive, the relationship between record labels and artists can be a difficult one.^ Since being featured on the front page, I've had at least a dozen record labels request my cd and I've established relationships with a lot of industry executives.
  • Major Record labels, deals, contracts and music marketing at A&R Online 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.aandronline.com [Source type: General]

^ Also see Prince under Wikipedia to see how one artist fought back early on and now doesn't even rely on labels and he's still #1 on the charts and at the bank!!!!

^ Many artists, especially those whose music doesn't easily fit into established categories, may feel that alternative music record labels are a better fit.
  • Alternative Music Record Labels – Web Listings 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

.Many artists have had albums altered or censored in some way by the labels before they are released—songs being edited, artwork or titles being changed, etc.^ Get your songs recorded by record releasing artists.

^ Before artists can be signed, they have to be discovered.
  • Howstuffworks "How Record Labels Work" 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.howstuffworks.com [Source type: General]

^ They will say that they will change their ways in future.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

.Record labels generally do this because they believe that the album will sell better if the changes are made.^ It’s a far cry from the standard recording contract where an act would receive a cash advance – to produce the albums -- against future royalties on an album and labels only made money from album sales and licenses.
  • Multiple Rights Deals Changing How Record Labels Make Money - BLACK ENTERPRISE 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.blackenterprise.com [Source type: General]

^ They have been described as "Britain's brightest record label", with the catalog comprising nearly 1400 CDs, with approximately 80 new titles issued yearly.

^ Posted By Dave, Denver CO: August 31, 2009 4:29 PM Things would be better if the record labels actually produced records (ie vinyl).

.Often the record label's decisions are prudent ones from a commercial perspective, but this typically frustrates the artist who feels that their artwork is being diminished or misrepresented by such actions.^ One such label is n5MD .
  • Music Labels : solipsistic NATION 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC solipsisticnation.com [Source type: General]

^ Often, the A and R person is the record producer for one or more of the artists he locates.

^ Since being featured on the front page, I've had at least a dozen record labels request my cd and I've established relationships with a lot of industry executives.
  • Major Record labels, deals, contracts and music marketing at A&R Online 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.aandronline.com [Source type: General]

.In the early days of the recording industry, record labels were absolutely necessary for the success of any artist.^ Record labels count success in dollars.
  • Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC world.std.com [Source type: General]

^ It had everything about the record label industry.
  • How to start a Rap Record Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC getputon.com [Source type: General]

^ Since being featured on the front page, I've had at least a dozen record labels request my cd and I've established relationships with a lot of industry executives.
  • Major Record labels, deals, contracts and music marketing at A&R Online 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.aandronline.com [Source type: General]

.The first goal of any new artist or band was to get signed to a contract as soon as possible.^ (When a record label "signs" an artist, it simply means that the artist makes an exclusive contract with that record label.

^ They were the first label to sign Nirvana and Soundgarden to recording contracts.
  • Start a Record Label - Independent Records - Indie Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC startrecordlabel.com [Source type: General]

^ So polyphonic (a rip off from an old record company) are going to screw bands over by getting them to sign contracts for not very much.
  • The New Breed of Record Labels: Helping Bands Help Themselves 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC mashable.com [Source type: General]

.In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, many artists were so desperate to sign a contract with a record company that they usually ended up signing a bad contract, sometimes giving away the rights to their music in the process.^ They sign, develop, record, promote, publicize and sell music.

^ They were the first label to sign Nirvana and Soundgarden to recording contracts.
  • Start a Record Label - Independent Records - Indie Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC startrecordlabel.com [Source type: General]

^ Just what does it take to get picked up by music record companies?
  • Music Record Labels Information | Business.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

.Entertainment lawyers can be used by some to look over any contract before it is signed.^ So look out for some ticket giveaways, free downloads, and an introduction to some bands you may not have heard before.
  • Sockets Records: An Independent Washington, DC Record Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC socketsrecords.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ Can you show me a sample contract for me to use to sign my artist?
  • Change the Game, the book! How to start a record label or hip hop business like Damon Dash, sean p diddy puffy sean john combs, russell simmons defjam,Jay Z,of Roc-A-Fella Records,fubu, tupac,eminem,nelly,usher,the Beastie Boys, Da Brat,OutKast,Public Enemy,50 Cent,Smith Will,Talib Kweli,Ja Rule and other hip hop entrepreneurs 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.hiphopbiz.com [Source type: General]

.Through the advances of the Internet the role of labels is becoming increasingly diminished, as artists are able to freely distribute their own material through file sharing, web radio, and other peer to peer services such as BitTorrent, for little or no cost.^ The musicians who object to internet distribution own their own labels.
  • Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC world.std.com [Source type: General]

^ What other FREE services does My Record Label offer?
  • My Record Label - Totally Free Distribution 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.myrecordlabel.com [Source type: General]

^ With the internet, everyone can be their own record label.
  • Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC world.std.com [Source type: General]

.Bigger artists such as Nine Inch Nails have announced an end to their major label contracts, citing that the uncooperative nature of the recording industry with these new trends are hurting musicians and the industry as a whole, and most of all hurting the fans.^ This is something that most recording artists signed to major labels can’t say.

^ Read up on music record labels news and trends .
  • Music Record Labels Information | Business.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ Bicycle Records, Olympia Record Label news store artists about Bicycle Records .
  • Bicycle Records, Olympia Record Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.bicyclerecords.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.[4] Radiohead also cited similar motives with the end of their contract with EMI when the album In Rainbows was released as a "pay what you want" sales model as an online download.^ The Road Rally is such a power-packed weekend, you literally won't want it to end.
  • About TAXI: Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.taxi.com [Source type: General]
  • About TAXI: Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.taxi.com [Source type: General]

^ Around the end of the year or autumn, Tiliqua will also release this album as a subscription only LP edition, housed in heavy jacket, complete with obi and pressed on heavy vinyl.

^ I’ve found that releasing a song or two on a couple of torrent sites etc will get you a boost in fans and sales.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

.Tom Delonge (Blink182 and Angels and Airwaves) developed a website called "Modlife" that enables fans to get in touch with their favorite artists and bands for a small price, as small as two cups of coffee a day.^ Hiring outside companies to handle 'online presence' detracts from the whole fan-to-band connection, which is how artists get their credibility anyway.
  • The New Breed of Record Labels: Helping Bands Help Themselves 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC mashable.com [Source type: General]

^ We talked about artist development, the future of the music business, working for a big label, working for a small label, and more.

^ Some artists of course will continue to provide material direct from their own websites direct to their fans completely bypassing the record company altogether!
  • MediaShift . What Will Record Labels Look Like in the Future? | PBS 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: General]

History

Industry consolidation

.In the 1970s and 1980s, there was a phase of consolidation in the record industry that led to almost all major labels being owned by a very few multinational companies.^ AIM Recording Company Record label for all genres of recorded music.
  • Music Record Labels Information | Business.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ Record Labels & Companies Guide has a list of major labels and independent labels .
  • Music Record Labels Information | Business.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ Each major label will have its own President who is responsible for all the label activities.
  • Inside Record Labels: A Look Inside Major and Independent Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.musicbizacademy.com [Source type: General]

.CDs still flow through a handful of sources, with the majority of the sales going through the "big four" record labels.^ Record labels are sales and marketing engines .
  • Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC world.std.com [Source type: General]

^ Since being featured on the front page, I've had at least a dozen record labels request my cd and I've established relationships with a lot of industry executives.
  • Major Record labels, deals, contracts and music marketing at A&R Online 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.aandronline.com [Source type: General]

^ Text size – + Four major record labels who sued a Boston University graduate student for illegally downloading and sharing music online plan to begin making their case today before a federal jury in what is only the second such dispute in the nation to go to trial.
  • Four record labels suing BU student - The Boston Globe 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.boston.com [Source type: News]

.The online digital distribution of music shows some potential in breaking up the number of avenues for artists to find markets but the exact outcome is impossible to predict.^ How to get distribution for your artist's music.

^ We see more artists appearing on the music scene, producing their own albums, owning the rights to their songs and marketing their own music.

^ Fontana Distribution, the independent arm of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), provides unparalleled sales and marketing support, as well as back office services, for a diverse roster of labels and their artists.

Resurgence of independent labels

.In the 1990s, as a result of the widespread use of home studios, consumer recording technology, and the Internet, independent labels began to become more commonplace.^ The Internet has also done a lot to promote the success of independent record labels.
  • Howstuffworks "How Record Labels Work" 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.howstuffworks.com [Source type: General]

^ (In the past, record labels had their own "in-house" recording studios, but today most record labels use independent recording studios.
  • Howstuffworks "How Record Labels Work" 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.howstuffworks.com [Source type: General]

^ With the internet, everyone can be their own record label.
  • Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC world.std.com [Source type: General]

.Independent labels are often artist-owned (although not always), with a stated intent often being to control the quality of the artist's output.^ Contract All Search for albums, artists, composers and musical works Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

^ Thus being an independent artist we can run a profitable business but we are bound to a small market because because of monetary and networking limitations.
  • What is the Record Label of Tomorrow? (TuneCorner) 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC blog.tunecore.com [Source type: General]

^ In the past we’ve covered many disputes between artists and labels, where the latter is being accused or even sued for using songs without permission.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

.Independent labels usually do not enjoy the resources available to the "big four" and as such will often lag behind them in market shares.^ I’m a production consultant for a small company that provides sales and marketing expertise to both independent and major labels.
  • What I Learned at My Record Label Job - Musician Wages.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.musicianwages.com [Source type: General]

^ Alternative Weeklies - Music Business - Record Label Resource Alternative Weeklies, free resource for the independent record label with information on CD manufacturing, recording studios, and more.
  • Alternative Music Record Labels – Web Listings 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ It is a given fact that t he music industry will soon be dominated by independent labels such as yours!

.Often independent artists manage a return by recording for a much smaller production cost of a typical big label release.^ Cornerstone Records An artist-run independent label based in Canada.
  • Jazz links :: : record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC home.nestor.minsk.by [Source type: General]

^ Some labels double as the artists' management.
  • How to Start a Record Label - wikiHow 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.wikihow.com [Source type: General]

^ RECORD LABEL RELEASES ( view more ) .
  • RECORD LABEL on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Sometimes they are able to recoup their initial advance even with much lower sales numbers.^ Even though sales were slow of the first record I did, I wanted to do another big'n record because they were my friends.
  • Spontaneous Combustion Records Discography 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.spontaneous.com [Source type: General]

.On occasion, established artists, once their record contract has finished, move to an independent label.^ Saskatchewan independent artists A listing of Saskatchewan recording artists (independent) .
  • Indie Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.indiex.com [Source type: General]

^ SK Music records independent label .
  • Indie Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.indiex.com [Source type: General]

^ Auand Records Italian independent label.
  • Jazz links :: : record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC home.nestor.minsk.by [Source type: General]

.This often gives the combined advantage of name recognition and more control over one's music along with a larger portion of royalty profits.^ We talked about where the music business is heading, opportunities which could mean more royalties for performing artists, and more.

^ One of the reasons Dependent records has decided to give up on selling music is the P2P networks.
  • Record Label quits, uploads music to The Pirate Bay 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC thenextweb.com [Source type: General]

^ In January of 1960, they issued one more record under the name Lionel Thorpe.
  • Chords Record Label Shots 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.colorradio.com [Source type: General]

Singers Dolly Parton, Aimee Mann and Prince, Public Enemy, among others, have gone this route. .Historically, companies started in this manner have been re-absorbed into the major labels (two examples are Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records, which has been owned by Warner Music for some time now, and Herb Alpert's A&M Records, now owned by Universal Music Group).^ Companies: emi , sony music , time warner , universal music , vivendi , warner music group .
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC wwew.techdirt.com [Source type: General]
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC ww.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

^ AIM Recording Company Record label for all genres of recorded music.
  • Music Record Labels Information | Business.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ About time these record labels got a taste of their own medicine.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

.Similarly, Madonna's Maverick Records (started by Madonna with her manager and another partner) was to come under control of Warner Music when Madonna divested herself of controlling shares in the company.^ Companies: activision , warner music .
  • Activision CEO Suggests Record Labels Should Be Paying To Get In Video Games | Techdirt 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Companies: warner music group .
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC wwew.techdirt.com [Source type: General]
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC ww.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

^ "We started Atlantic simply because we wanted to sign a few artists whose music we liked, and make the kind of records that we would want to buy."-Ahmet Ertegun.

.There are many independent labels; folk singer Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records is often cited as an ideal example.^ This independent label is based in Toronto, and many of the recordings are produced in Canada.
  • overhear - Independent Record Labels in Ontario, Canada 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.overhear.com [Source type: General]

^ SK Music records independent label .
  • Indie Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.indiex.com [Source type: General]

^ Auand Records Italian independent label.
  • Jazz links :: : record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC home.nestor.minsk.by [Source type: General]

.The singer turned down lucrative contracts from several top-name labels in order to establish her own New York-based company.^ New upcoming label based in California.

^ Most suitable: the newly launched Dirty Water record label (run by those good chaps from the London club of the same name) debut with a 45 by a new London group with a moniker not a million miles away from their own.

^ Tony also owned Top Rank promotions and published Entertainment News magazine.

Constant touring resulted in noteworthy success for an act without significant major funding. .Ani and others from the company have spoken on several occasions about their business model in hopes of encouraging others.^ The record companies have so far failed to adapt to any new business model that by all indications would be profitable for them 2.
  • August is "Ban Major Record Labels Month" - Columns by PC Magazine 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.pcmag.com [Source type: General]

^ How to strike deals with other companies in the music business to get the maximum amount of exposure for your record company and artist.

^ On the other hand maybe they realized that their business is disappearing as their business model is outdated and they try to bring in whatever they can get still ...
  • Activision CEO Suggests Record Labels Should Be Paying To Get In Video Games | Techdirt 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some independent labels become successful enough that major record companies negotiate contracts to either distribute music for the label or in some cases, purchase the label completely.^ Opus3 Records, an independent Swedish Record company.
  • Useful Links to Other Jazz Sites - Jazz Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.lordisco.com [Source type: General]

^ AIM Recording Company Record label for all genres of recorded music.
  • Music Record Labels Information | Business.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ Some Records Some Records - a New York based independent label .
  • Indie Record Labels 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.indiex.com [Source type: General]

.On the punk rock scene, the DIY ethic encourages bands to self-publish and self-distribute.^ There was a lot of insincere posturing going on in the DIY punk scene at the time.
  • Pitchfork: Billy Corgan Launches Record Label, Signs the Germs (!!!) 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC pitchfork.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thick Records Genre: punk, from hardcore to ska A local punk label with a fierce DIY ethic, Thick helps promote Midwestern punk in all its glory.
  • Chicago's Record Labels: Music: Patrick Sisson: CenterstageChicago.com 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.centerstagechicago.com [Source type: General]

^ Anti-Hero Records diy san diego label Bad Monkey Records A a small record label with punk, rock and ska releases.
  • Stores and Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC pages.infinit.net [Source type: General]

.This approach has been around since the early 1980s, in an attempt to stay true to the punk ideals of doing it yourself and not selling out to corporate profits and control.^ The disc is made up out of 2 sidelong tracks that entwine around a minimal music aesthetic junked up with an improvisational free jazz like exploratory approach.

^ The labels, out of their generosity and support for their artists, SELL AND PROFIT FROM IT WITHOUT GIVING THEM A PENNY. .
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

.Such labels have a reputation for being fiercely uncompromising and especially unwilling to cooperate with the big six (now big four) record labels at all.^ There are several things to consider when running a record label, such as who’s going to make the jackets for the LPs and CDs and who’s going to master it onto a record.

^ Many artists, especially those whose music doesn't easily fit into established categories, may feel that alternative music record labels are a better fit.
  • Alternative Music Record Labels – Web Listings 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.business.com [Source type: General]

^ He started to produce music in the early nineties, but back then he was a part of the industrial scene and released some now labeled as "classic" records under different names.
  • Welcome to Auralism Records 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC auralismrecords.com [Source type: General]

.One of the most notable and influential labels of the Do-It-Yourself attitude was SST Records, created by the band Black Flag.^ LOGO was a UK record label producing new wave bands like: The Tourists with Ann Lennox) .
  • Rare Record Labels - Vinyl Record Collector's Information Guide 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.vinylrecords.ch [Source type: General]

^ Lizard Records was a French Record label, which produced records of Speed Metal bands like: Blaspheme .
  • Rare Record Labels - Vinyl Record Collector's Information Guide 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.vinylrecords.ch [Source type: General]

^ Amulet Records Billy Martin of the band Medeski Martin & Wood has a new record label.
  • Jazz links :: : record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC home.nestor.minsk.by [Source type: General]

.No labels wanted to release their material, so they simply created their own label to release not only their own material but the material of many other influential underground bands all over the country.^ And why do they want to own it?
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC wwew.techdirt.com [Source type: General]
  • Record Labels stories at Techdirt. 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC ww.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

^ Many of these bands share members, but they all have their very own sound.

^ They are also looking to partner with other labels looking to release high-quality underground techno.
  • Welcome to Auralism Records 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC auralismrecords.com [Source type: General]

.Ian MacKaye's Dischord is often cited as a model of success in the DIY community, having survived for over twenty years with less than twelve employees at any one time.^ After taking a break from releasing records (and printed zines for that matter) for a number of years, the urge to release another record got the better of me and it was time to put out another one.
  • Spontaneous Combustion Records Discography 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.spontaneous.com [Source type: General]

^ Having learned from the last one that 1000 records were a lot to have to unload, I opted for half this time.
  • Spontaneous Combustion Records Discography 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.spontaneous.com [Source type: General]

^ The idea of having an album of the year award, helps market a bulk of work in one go, but how many people actually buy albums over buying individual downloads?

Internet and digital labels

With the Internet now being a viable source for obtaining music, netlabels have emerged. .Depending on the ideals of the net label, music files from the artists may be downloaded free of charge or for a fee that is paid via Paypal or an online payment system.^ May 1st free on page for download .
  • Hip Hop Record Label Contacts 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.jeejuh.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Customers get DRM free music downloads.
  • Jay-Z + Apple = record label? -- Engadget 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sugarfoot Music Sugarfoot Music is an artist run label.
  • bandVillage :: Paving the way for Independent Musicians 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.bandvillage.com [Source type: General]

.Some of these labels also offer hard copy CDs in addition to direct download.^ In addition to its own label, the site offers selections from the Jazz Oracle label.
  • Jazz links :: : record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC home.nestor.minsk.by [Source type: General]

^ Acoustic Records Norwegian label offering CDs, photos, reviews, and profiles of Scandinavian artists whose recordings are available for sale.
  • Jazz links :: : record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC home.nestor.minsk.by [Source type: General]

^ "Cutting The Losses" is a wild ride in some new directions that captures a bold raw quality previously unexplored by artist or label.
  • Welcome to Auralism Records 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC auralismrecords.com [Source type: General]

.Most net labels acknowledge the Creative Commons licensing system thus reserving certain rights for the artist.^ Nicolai: No, because Creative Commons is not ready right now.
  • Interview With a BitTorrent Embracing Record Label | FreakBits 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC freakbits.com [Source type: General]

^ A large part of our catalog is available for free under a Creative Commons license, but we also have releases (mostly by the same artists) available on CD and through iTunes.
  • Interview With a BitTorrent Embracing Record Label | FreakBits 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC freakbits.com [Source type: General]

^ SoundExchange claims it has the right to collect royalties for any artist, no matter if they have signed with an RIAA label or not.
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

Digital Labels are the latest version of a 'net' label. .Whereas 'net' labels were started as a free site or just a hobby point, digital labels seek to give the major record industry a real run for their money.^ This is free info on how to start a record label for everyone.
  • Starting A Record Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Promotion for digital record labels .
  • EUFreelance.com - Promotion for digital record labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC www.eufreelance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ How to start a Rap Record Label .
  • How to start a Rap Record Label 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC getputon.com [Source type: General]

Open source labels

.The new century brings the phenomenon of open-source or open-content record label.^ Record Labels new entries .
  • DigiChannel.net - Music and Movies Companies Production Catalog 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.digichannel.net [Source type: General]

^ Record labels must get radio stations to play the music of the artists they represent, and radio stations need a consistent flow of new material for their listeners.
  • Howstuffworks "How Record Labels Work" 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC www.howstuffworks.com [Source type: General]

^ (CA, USA) New Red Archives Punk rock record label.
  • Stores and Record Labels 20 November 2009 21:52 UTC pages.infinit.net [Source type: General]

.These are inspired by the free software and open source movements and the success of GNU/Linux.^ He claims the arrival of Linux and other open source tools is the proof that such complex technologies can be produced not only under the copyright-tight, corporate control.” .
  • Record Labels Face $6 Billion Damages for Pirating Artists | TorrentFreak 23 January 2010 10:56 UTC torrentfreak.com [Source type: General]

See also

References

External links


Simple English


A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. The name derives from the paper label at the center of a gramophone record (what is also known as a "phonograph record" in American English).

Most major record labels are owned by a few large multinational companies (Big Four record labels) that make up the almost all of the global recording industry, although there is a recent resurgence in independent record labels.

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Labels as brands

Recording companies often spend a lot of time and money in discovering new musicians or developing the talent of artists they already have signed up with a contract. The association of the brand with the artists helps define the image of both the brand and the artist.

In spite of the fact that both parties need each other to survive, the relationship between record labels and artists can, at times, be a difficult one. Many artists have had albums changed or censored in some way by the labels before they are released -- songs being edited, artwork or titles being changed, etc. Record labels generally do this because they believe that the album will sell better if the changes are made. Often the record label's decisions are correct ones from a commercial perspective, but this typically frustrates the artist who feels that their artwork is being destroyed.

In the early days of the recording industry, record labels were absolutely necessary for the success of any artist. The first goal of any new artist or band was to get signed to a contract as soon as possible. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, many artists were so desperate to sign a contract with a record company that they usually ended up signing a bad contract, sometimes giving away the rights to their music in the process. Entertainment lawyers are used by some to look over any contract before it is signed.

Industry consolidation

In the 1970s and 1980s, there was a phase of consolidation in the record industry that led to almost all major labels being owned by a very few multinational companies, who in turn were members of the RIAA.

See also: List of record labels

The resurgence of independent labels

In the 1990s, due to the widespread use of home studios, consumer CD recorders, and the Internet, independent labels began to become more commonplace. Independent labels are typically artist-owned (although not always), with a focus usually on making good music and not necessarily on the business aspects of the industry or making lots of money. Because of this, independent artists usually receive less radio play and sell fewer CDs than artists signed to major labels. However, they usually have more control over the music and packaging of the released product.

On occasion established artists, once their record contract has finished, move to an independent label. This often gives the combined advantage of name recognition and more control over one's music. Singers Dolly Parton, Aimee Mann and Prince, among others, have achieved this.

While there are many independent labels, folk singer Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records is often cited as an ideal example. The singer turned down lucrative contracts from several top-name labels in order to establish her own New-York-based company. Constant touring resulted in noteworthy success for an act without significant major funding. Ani and others from the company have spoken on several occasions about their business model in hopes of encouraging others.

Some independent labels become successful enough that major record companies negotiate contracts to either distribute music for the label or in some cases, purchase the label completely.

On the punk rock scene, the DIY punk ethic encourages bands to self-publish and self-distribute. This approach has been around since the early 1980s, in an attempt to stay true to the punk ideals of doing it yourself and not selling out to corporate profits and control. Such labels have a reputation for being fiercely uncompromising and especially unwilling to cooperate with the Big Five record labels at all.

See also: List of independent record labels

The emergence of net labels

Main Article: net label

With the Internet now being a viable source for obtaining music, we see the emergence of net labels. Depending on the ideals of the net label, music files from the artists may be downloaded free of charge or for a fee that is paid via paypal or an online payment system. Some of these labels also offer hard copy CDs in addition to direct download (for example, Baltimore's Schismatik record label ships CDs for a nominal charge). Most net labels acknowledge the Creative Commons licensing system thus reserving certain rights for the artist.

The emergence of open-source labels

Main Article: Open source record label

The new century brings the phenomenon of open-source or open-content record label. These are inspired by the free software and open-source movement and the success of GNU/Linux.

Examples are

  • LOCA Records
  • Magnatune
  • Opsound

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