A record label is a brand associated with the marketing and advertising
or music recordings, and music videos of specific artists. Record labels
are also publishing company's, the deal with such sectors as
production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion and
enforcements of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, talent
scouting and the development of sign/new artists. These labels are also
in charge of maintaining contracts with their signed artists and their
accompanying managers. Artists become dependent on their recording
labels, they rely on their recording labels to market them, sell their
albums and broaden their fan base, record labels are the vital in
ensuring audience have music videos, MP3, video, radio and marketing
access to their specific artists. There are two different types of record
labels, the first being Independent record labels and the second being
Major record labels. Independent recording labels are localized, and
commonly support local acts, where as major labels are bigger fish they
support artists allover the world and generate much more money for
them they're better marketers for their artists.
Is my label independent or major?
Independent labels are small and localized, they're
“indie” work on their own of their own accord. Then
there are the major labels, there is often smaller groups
within this co-operations that operate under different
names but are owned by the major labels, there is a
hierarchy. As I've understood the difference between
the two different types of labels I've come to the
conclusion that a independent label would be better for
my recording label to operate as, therefore my artist
will be signed to a independent label. I feel this choice
is better suited because I'm operating from the UK and
the artist I'm signing is local, and it is common that
independent labels sign local acts.
I feel my artist will be best suited to xl recordings. XL
Recordings is a British independent label, owned by
Richard Russell it originated in 1989. Today it has two
locations, London and New York. This label dabbles in
various genres, this is ideal for my artist because they're
situated in the Hip-Hop/Rap genre. As the label deals
with this genre they're able to market y artist well, and
push them to be the best they can be in terms of
music, fan base, image etc. Also they would be the best
in dealing with
production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, p
romotion and enforcements of copyright for sound
recordings and music videos relative to my artist.
Late/Current Artists of XL
Current artists include Adele, Jai Paul, Gigs, Basement Jaxx, King
Krule, Radiohead and many more.
Former/Late artists include, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Tyler the Creator, MIA and
Copyright is a legal concept, giving the creator of an original
piece of wok exclusive rights to it. Usually this is for a
specific period of time in which the copyright would have to
be renewed. This will also give the person the ability to be
credited from their work, they may credit from this by
allowing others to copy their concept. Record Labels would
use something called “Music Licensing” to copyright their
pieces. This ensures that the owner of the pieces of music is
compensated for the uses of their pieces for example if it was
used in a advert or in a movie or even used by another artists
for sampling etc. The record label will be in charge and
responsible for finalising all copyrights for their artists’
My music video (Copyright)
After looking at and understanding the concepts of
copyright, I understand that I cant mimic or copy the
original product of the song I’ve chose to produce a
music video to. It cant match the concept of the
original artist depiction. I also must ensure that I don’t
take credit for the track itself as it wasn’t a product
that I produced, I cant benefit or make money off the
product I produce as the tracks isn't mine initially.
Importantly I must make it clear that it isn't my
intention to reap benefits off my finalised product.
Failure to do so can hold a penalty, resulting in a
potential court case and lawsuit.
Motivation Music is the name of my record label. As we
are a independent label we will be signing and
marketing local artist and acts. We will be signing
artists of mixed genres, commonly Hip-Hop/Rap artists
as this is our core genre, but on the other hand our
label is diverse.
Understood what record labels are and the two
Understood what record labels do.
Understood what copyright is, and have also understood
how to follow copy written procedures to avoid