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Record Label Drops Artist After Album Leak

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This initially may sound rather shocking but it is far from that. Imagine you are a music artist. You cling on to a contract with a subsidiary of a major record label. You finally get your hands on the tracks that you have spent months perfecting in the studio. You then decide to, without the permission of your label, post them on your website available for free download without your users so much as providing an e-mail address. This is what Hip-Hop group 'Death Grips' did to the renowned record label; Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony Group.


All of this came after a fairly reckless tweet made by the group which stated "the game is mine. I deal the cards". Unfortunately, and quite obviously so, it is currently looking like they don't really have any more cards to deal seeing as Epic Records has now dissolved all ties with the band, pulled their website down and deleted their Twitter account in the middle of an international tour.


I would say that financially damaging a major record label is not the greatest thing to do at the best of times, let alone the problems the industry has been facing for the best part of a decade. If you thought that this would be the end of it then you are wrong. Even after everything has been pulled, it really does take a dedicated amount of hatred from 'Death Grips' for your record label to damaging them further by providing alternative download links via Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud accounts.

Even when you are an artist and you are getting frustrated because you feel that somethings not going to happen any time soon or that you do not want to be a money pawn this is still a massive blow for mainly your reputation and the relationship you have with other music industry sources in the future.


Edd Harris

This initially may sound rather shocking but it is far from that. Imagine you are a music artist. You cling on to a contract with a subsidiary of a major record label. You finally get your hands on the tracks that you have spent months perfecting in the studio...

Edd Harris 10th December 2013

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