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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicRock and Pop · 2 months ago

Can record labels drop bands contract?

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    They can. When EMI terminated the contract with the Sex Pistols after only one single being released (Anarchy in the UK) it cost EMI £75,000. The Sex Pistols then signed with A&M Records who also terminated that contract without anything being released which cost A&M £50,000. So the Pistols made £125.000 from broken contracts, and the release of only one single that was pulled from all record shop shelves within only 4 hours after release.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They do it often. As soon as the latest album fails to sell, many bands were dumped. For example, Los Lobos and the J. Geils Band were dropped by their labels for this reason. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The contract is legally binding and both parties--the band and the label--have to fulfill their obligations as stated in the contract. Usually, it either party doesn't do what they're contractually obligated to do, the contract is voided. So if, for instance, the band was required to produce a studio album by a certain date and didn't, the contract's out the window.

    There is an end date to the contract, and neither party is obligated to renew it. It's common to be dropped (not renewed) if a band isn't making money for the label, if they lose an essential member, if they break up, if they don't show up on time and ready for scheduled performances, etc.

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