1. Research what record labels are and what they do?
A record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music
recordings and music videos.
A record company that co-ordinates the production manufacture and distribution of
Takes charge of the marketing and promotion of the artist/song.
Enforces copyright protection of songs and music videos.
Conducts talent scouting and development of new artists.
Maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers.
This will help me with the planning of my music video as i will know what record
companies do and what they are.
2. Decide whether your artist is being signed to a major or independent company record
label and tell me why?
My artist will be signed to a major record company and the reason for this is because with
an artist signed to a big company it can help the artists get noticed globally and this will
create awareness for both artist and record company.
3. What existing record label would your artist be most suited to?
An existing record label that would suit my artist is Columbia records. This label would suit
my artist, because it is a major international record label, and is really well known. It will suit
my artist, as he is up and coming and about to release his first album, so under a record
label like Columbia records, it will create a high awareness to the audiences through
promotion and it will help the marketing and sales. This will help me with my planning as i
will have an understanding of what kind of record label would be similar to mine, and how
the record label helps promote and fund an album or artist. Here are images of successful
British artists signed to Columbia records, who have had many top hits, which helps them as
an artist and also the record label.
4. RCA Records is a flagship recording label and a subsidiary (alongside
Columbia Records and Epic Records) of Sony Music Entertainment. The RCA
initials stand for Radio Corporation of America.
RCA Records is the second-oldest recording company in US history.
Artists that have been signed onto this record like Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg,
Labrinth, Britney spears and many more successful artists.
RCA records has a variety of genres such as pop, punk, hip hop, R&B and
country music. This shows that the label is very diverse and accepts artist
from different genres, therefore it will be a very successful label as it will sell
many records from different genres to different audiences worldwide.
5. What is copyright and how are labels responsible for this?
Copyright is when a company creates something themselves and do not want other
companies using the same product/idea without their permission. It also allows the creator
to get reward for what they have made and make sure that no one copies it. The record
label is responsible for copyright by making sure that no one uses there song without them
knowing it. They also monitor websites such as illegal downloading sites to make sure that
everyone who downloads there songs or album has paid for it in some way.
• 6. As I will be using a song which has already
been used by another artist from another
record label, therefore I will need to take into
account that I did not create the song. I will
need to ask for permission from the record
company so that I get there authorisation for
me to use the song through writing a letter or
• 7. Copyright is very important as it makes it clear who
owns an idea. If someone uses someone else song you
cannot class that as your own idea as its been taken
and you cannot take any credit.
This means that my company logo has to be my idea
instead of copying a logo off the internet as it would be
copyright because i will be taking credit for someone
else's idea and this would affect my company as it
would break the copyright law. However if I created
something and someone tries to copy it then they
would need to ask permission from me.
• Our record label is called Jukebox records which
produces pop music. This record label is very new to
the music industry and is a major company for the
reason that it will help us attract artists in our genre. It
was found and launched by Luca Riccio and Alom
Hussain. It was named jukebox records, as a jukebox
was used to listen to music and were very popular for
many years, so it shows its musical background and it
will be easily recognisable amongst our audiences. The
artists that we would like to sign is artists such as Justin
Timberlake, Justin Bieber , Bruno mars, Olly Murs,
Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and many more
• From this task I have learnt many things about
copyright. I have realised how important it is
for my record label to be unique. My record
label will market my album, so it is important
that my logo is unique to the audience and is
visible on my digipak.