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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Record Label

A record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Often, a record label is also a company that manages such brands and trademarks; coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; conducts talent scouting and development of new artists ; and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information.

The record label of the track we've chosen is 'Polydor Records'. They are a UK based company which was founded after WWI in Germany. They are owned by Universal music UK, whic also owns 5 other labels.

In the early 1970s, the main source of income for the label was probably the enormously successful UK band Slade. Later, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the label was also home to The Who and The Jam. Though Polydor's American branch is defunct, in the United Kingdom Polydor remains one of the strongest labels in the country — with artists such as Esmée Denters, Take That, Girls Aloud, N-Dubz, La Roux, Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Duffy, Klaxons, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Saturdays, James Morrison, Kaiser Chiefs, Boyzone, Alphabeat,  S Club 7, Ellie Goulding and Lawson (band).

Polydor also has a strong indie roster through the Fiction imprint with acts such as Elbow (band), White Lies, Kate Nash and Snow Patrol.
It also acts as the UK label for American-based acts under Interscope-Geffen-A&M like Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Timbaland, The All-American Rejects, The Black Eyed Peas, Weezer, Marilyn Manson, Pussycat Dolls, Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga.

In Spring 2006, Polydor launched Fascination Records, a music label dedicated to pop music. Both Girls Aloud and Sophie Ellis-Bextor transferred to the new label and created groups such as The Saturdays and Girls Can't Catch . Several teen pop acts from US label Hollywood Records, such as the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez & the Scene were also signed to Fascination.
In 2008, Polydor obtained distribution of The Rolling Stones' back catalogue as well as new releases.

Major labels since 2012 (Big Three)
  1. Universal Music Group
  2. Sony Music Entertainment
  3. Warner Music Group


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