Survey Results: 75% of Indie Artists Seek a Label Deal – Sony Top Label of Choice

by Neal on March 29, 2011 · Comments

In a recent survey conducted by ReverbNation and Digital Music News, over 75% of indie Artists said that it was one of their goals to get signed to a record label.  The exact percentage varied from genre to genre, including a high of  81% of hip hop artists wanting a deal, and a low of 63% of alternative artists wanting to get signed.

When asked which labels were at the top of their wish lists, artists surveyed consistently listed Sony, Universal, Atlantic, Warner, Columbia, Epic, Capitol, and Interscope.

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  1. [...] pay-what-you-like release, to a number of record labels around the world. Maybe this explains why, in a recent survey by ReverbNation, over 75% of independent artists (including 81% of hip-hop artists and 63% of alternative artists) [...]

  2. [...] pay-what-you-like release, to a number of record labels around the world. Maybe this explains why, in a recent survey by ReverbNation, over 75% of independent artists (including 81% of hip-hop artists and 63% of alternative artists) [...]

  3. mick says:

    I find it disappointing that so many artists are listing major labels as their desired home. I’d never say never, but who in their right mind would want to be signed to a major corporate label like Sony? If I ever get to the point with my music that labels are taking an interest, I would always pick a good independent label over the corporate cockocracy, who basically just bleach artists and nail them to the wall. Majors should rightfully die out. They’ve got no interest in music beyond its dollar value. The kids are so used to hearing the crap the majors pump out, they think that’s all of music, so they want more crap. So the majors put out more crap to satisfy the demand. What you end up with is a crapfest of epic proportions.

  4. [...] pay-what-you-like release, to a number of record labels around the world. Maybe this explains why, in a recent survey by ReverbNation, over 75% of independent artists (including 81% of hip-hop artists and 63% of alternative artists) [...]

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  6. Mista Green says:

    The list is kinda redundant when u think about it. In the US there are only TECHNICALLY 4 MAJOR RECORD LABELS: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, & EMI. That’s it; the majority of the labels above fall under one of those companies. 2ndly, the majors ONLY SEEK PROFIT & OWNERSHIP (consolidation), they don’t give a damn about artistic expression, so unless ur just seeking fame and want to be treated as a puppet (to further add to the dumbing down of future generations), I wouldn’t advise signing to one unless u have a great team and a masterplan u plan on sticking by. Just be wise if u truly want to be signed.

  7. Corey Be says:

    The Music Business is changing, constantly evolving !!!

  8. Brock says:

    Constantly Evolving into a guy with Pro Tools in his basement putting together some decent music. Just nothing you will be able to actually experience, except through studio tracks.

  9. ToxicHighway says:

    This just goes to show the mindset that “major labels” provide. It used to be that getting signed meant a lot of money, and a lot of opportunities for bands. Now, it just means you’re more than likely going to get screwed. I really wish more unsigned, independent artists would read the “real” story on major labels and act accordingly…with the internet providing so many avenues for musicians, artists could essentially start a necessary revolution to bring down the major labels.

    But apparently, there are still so many naive, uninformed artists that it’s really a shame.

  10. [...] siendo la cereza en el pastel para todo aspirante a la música. Un reciente estudio conducido por ReverbNation junto a Digital Music News  revela interesantes números y expectativas de los artistas [...]

  11. Pak Videos says:

    I do like the way you have presented this situation plus it does indeed provide us some fodder for consideration. Nonetheless, through everything that I have observed, I only hope as the actual responses pile on that individuals remain on point and not start on a tirade involving the news du jour. All the same, thank you for this fantastic point and though I do not concur with it in totality, I value your viewpoint.

  12. I think that we as artist need to connect more and stop tryna to bet out each other unity is key just saying

  13. [...] pay-what-you-like release, to a number of record labels around the world. Maybe this explains why, in a recent survey by ReverbNation, over 75% of independent artists (including 81% of hip-hop artists and 63% of alternative artists) [...]

  14. [...] think the ReverbNation survey that revealed 75% of artists still want to be signed speaks to how many artists still see the label deal as the [...]

  15. Not all artists need a record label deal to put their product out there. We distribute in Australia for indi artists with no contracts, fees etc. Getting found by music stores is the big thing, we list our products on the 3 catalogues that allows that to happen. We dont do promotion, purely distribution. So if you promote your product there are ways of getting it out there without waiting forever for a record label to find you.
    More info available by contacting us at http://www.pressplaymusic.com.au

    Chris

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