How Record Labels Work
Sony Music Entertainment is a major multi-national record label that
primarily works in the UK. They feature a diverse roster of artists such as, “AC/DC”,
“Beyoncé”, “Calvin Harris” and own many smaller record labels for different genres
such as “Provident Label Group”, and “Ultra Music”.
Sony Music Entertainment is a major record label that began
in 1929 as “American Record Corporation” then became “Columbia Record
Corporation” in 1938. In 1966 the company was reorganized to become “CBS
Records”. Sony Corporation bought the company in 1987, then renaming it “Sony
Music Entertainment”. In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann started a 50-50 joint
venture becoming “Sony BMG Music Entertainment”. Finally, In 2008 Sony acquired
Bertelsmann’s stake and reverted to “Sony Music Entertainment”.
Sony Music Entertainment has an artist & repertoire team
to find and bring new artists to the label. The A Team is expected to
know the current tastes of music in order to find artists that will be
commercially successful. The A Team is responsible for the communication
between the artists and the record label and they do everything from song
selection to choosing the people that will produce the album to deciding where
the album will be recorded. Sony Music Entertainment have a large roster of
artists as well as many smaller record labels for specific genres of music so
they work with all types of genres and in many locations around the world.
Sony Music Entertainment use digital distribution to
distribute their artist’s music by using all major digital music services such
as ITunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc. This is where music is bought and
downloaded digitally onto a device. Sony Music Entertainment also use physical
distribution to distribute their artist’s music by creating CDs that are
created by “Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation”. CD’s are sold in music stores
where people pay for physical copies of music. However, in recent years digital
music revenue from music streaming and downloading has taken over CD Sales.
Sony Music Entertainment also gain revenue from “Vevo”, an
American multi-nation video hosting service founded as a joint venture between
UMG, SME and WMG, also known as the “big three” record labels. Vevo host’s
music videos on YouTube and earns advertiser revenue from this.
Entertainment is an American Hip-Hop independent record label based in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rhymesayers began as a group of friends from The Twin
Cities of Minneapolis & Saint Paul where they released their first official
release in 1996. Opportunities soon presented themselves to take the music on
the road, and it was there that the legacy truly began to take shape. After
steadily growing a fan base they turned into a thriving record label, making an
impression on the Hip Hop world. Rhymesayers Entertainment feature a roster of
hip hop artists such as “Brother Ali”, “Aesop Rock”, and “Atmosphere”.
Entertainment has an A Team to find and bring new artists to the label.
Rhymesayers intend to create and publish independent, DIY, quality Hip-Hop and
according to “Siddiq”, a founder of Rhymesayers, “the label seeks talent and
drive from new signings as well as a “good head on their soldiers”.”
Rhymesayers Entertainment specialize solely on Hip-Hop and are work with
artists in America as they are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and their artists
are required to able to do touring.
Entertainment use physical and digital distribution to distribute their music
via “Fifth Element”, an independent Hip Hop retail store
based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, founded in 1999. They also have an online
store where you can buy digital or physical copies of music. Rhymesayers also
sometimes work with “Warner Music Group” to distribute their music as they
signed a distribution deal in 2007 that gives artists under Rhymesayers a
choice to be on a major record label.
Rhymesayers Entertainment also uses a
YouTube channel to publish their artist’s music videos in order to increase