The major record labels are so called because
they dominate the music production and
distribution scene and own or have shares in
masses of smaller labels.
• They have a huge amounts of power over the
music we all listen to and buy.
• The majors have money to invest in slick
videos, promotion, tours and public
• Without a major label backing a music artist
or band, becoming successful is so much
- Song BMG
- Universal Music Group
- Warner Music Group
- EMI Group
An indie record label is one that is not owned
by any of the majors.
There are 2 kinds of indie labels:
The MAJOR DISTRIBUTED INDIE
This is a label that finds its own talent, signs it
own acts, records its own music, but then has a
contract with a major label to do all the other
stuff, such as promotion, manufacturing
CDs, and distributing
The TRUE INDIE
No links to a major and does everything in
house. Often these labels specialise in certain
genres of music, and have a niche market.
Founded in 1929, when several record labels
In 1991 it merged again with BMG to make a
bigger, better corporation, but in 1998 Sony
bought out BMG’s 50% share and went solo
It has over 200 artists signed to it.
On 8th December, 2009 Sony, along with
Universal Music Group and Abu Dhabi Media
Company, launched Vevo. It is an online
music video channel.
This is hosted on Youtube.
Sony market their artists through many ways:
Their website has news/regular updates.
They encourage their bands to have
myspace/facebook/twitter etc pages.
Web 2.0 has made it possible for Sony to market
their artists on a global scale, not just putting up
posters and handing out fliers.