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14th Jun '17 1:33:11 PM Mario1995
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* The song "Sell Out" by Music/ReelBigFish delves into this topic quite well.
5th Jun '17 4:13:07 PM MarkLungo
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* Despite being the most successful solo female singer of the GirlGroup Era of the early [[TheSixties 1960's]], with hits like "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn To Cry", "Maybe I Know", "She's A Fool" and proto-feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me", the late singer Lesley Gore was by WordOfGod only given $16,000 in advance money by her label Mercury Records in 1963 for the success of "It's My Party", and no more royalties for her music until 1989[[note]]Mercury, then having changed hands with management also paid off a $175,000 debt she acquired at the end of TheSixties[[/note]]. Apparently this was a result of her agents failing to meet a deadline to file audit papers in 1963, and Mercury's [[ReadTheFinePrint contract with Gore stipulating in a clause]] that her agent would no longer be allowed to audit after that year. Partly due to this, and Gore realizing early on of the "fickleness" of success, she enrolled in college in 1965 to study American English and history as her career began a slight downswing, only sporadically doing personal appearances and recording around her school schedule for Mercury until her contract ended in 1968. She would maintain, in spite of this, that she was "one of the lucky ones".

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* Despite being the most successful solo female singer of the GirlGroup Era of the early [[TheSixties 1960's]], with hits like "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn To Cry", "Maybe I Know", "She's A Fool" and proto-feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me", the late singer Lesley Gore was by WordOfGod only given $16,000 in advance money by her label Mercury Records Creator/MercuryRecords in 1963 for the success of "It's My Party", and no more royalties for her music until 1989[[note]]Mercury, then having changed hands with management management, also paid off a $175,000 debt she acquired at the end of TheSixties[[/note]]. Apparently this was a result of her agents failing to meet a deadline to file audit papers in 1963, and Mercury's [[ReadTheFinePrint contract with Gore stipulating in a clause]] that her agent would no longer be allowed to audit after that year. Partly due to this, and Gore realizing early on of the "fickleness" of success, she enrolled in college in 1965 to study American English and history as her career began a slight downswing, only sporadically doing personal appearances and recording around her school schedule for Mercury until her contract ended in 1968. She would maintain, in spite of this, that she was "one of the lucky ones".
31st May '17 7:02:11 AM HasturHasturHastur
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In the end, artists have to be not just musicians, but also lawyers, accountants, and managers. If not, they're likely to get taken advantage of by {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who screw them out of royalties and rights to their music because they were ignorant to the business side of the industry. Not to mention being stuck with a terrible unfair contract that more or less makes them slaves to the label. Young upcoming artists are more prone to becoming victims of these types of shady record deals. Rappers of the late 80's and early 90's were also victims of these deals, as were pop-punk and emo-pop acts from the early to mid 2000s. See [[Analysis/MusicIsPolitics analysis]] for more possible causes.

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In the end, artists have to be not just musicians, but also lawyers, accountants, and managers. If not, they're likely to get taken advantage of by {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who screw them out of royalties and rights to their music because they were ignorant to the business side of the industry. Not to mention being stuck with a terrible unfair contract that more or less makes them slaves to the label. Young upcoming artists are more prone to becoming victims of these types of shady record deals. Rappers of the late 80's and early 90's were also victims of these deals, as were pop-punk and emo-pop acts from the early to mid 2000s.2000s and deathcore acts of the late 2000s and early 2010s. See [[Analysis/MusicIsPolitics analysis]] for more possible causes.
25th May '17 10:22:53 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' took it to the extreme with the episode ''New Kids Of The Blechh'', which outright said that boy bands were made to manufacture propaganda for the military (read: add subliminal messages to the song to brainwash teens into enlisting).

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25th May '17 10:20:04 AM marcoasalazarm
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' deals with the team helping in the investigation of a murder, which leads into the discovery that the murder victim created a computer algorithm that had the capacity to help make "perfect" songs (read: plug into a computer, enter genre, out comes prediction of combination of music factors that will ensure the song will be a hit) and both the knowledge that many singers had used it in the past and that he was killed to keep the program secret and because one producer wanted to maintain the sole ownership of it.
25th May '17 10:00:50 AM arnoldmcguire335
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* This trope is the reason why Music/{{Cimorelli}} opted to go indie. Why? At first, they were discovered by Island Records, one of UMG's labels, thanks to a daughter of one of the executives at Island who saw their covers one day, and they sigend them up. at first it was ok, but it was mostly limited to EP's and a few original songs here and there and they were even gaining ground slowly, to the point they even had one of their songs (''What I Do'') be featured in commercials for Hasbro's Doh-Vinci (which itself was short lived) as well as having another song of theirs (''Come Over'') as one of the songs featured in a new version of the Twister Dance toy, and even having at least two songs of their (''Made in America'' and ''That Girl Should be Me'') played on RadioDisney at one point. But then came the pressure to be more than just themselves and to do more songs that don't really represent them, and they thankfully (and peacefully) left on good terms with the label, but it also had a the side effect of the sisters (And the whole Cimorelli family) moved from Malibu to Nashville as of current. Only then they finally got a chance to release their first album, ''Up At Night'', after a long time wait from the fans, on their own (But through [=PledgeMusic=] at first).

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* This trope is the reason why Music/{{Cimorelli}} opted to go indie. Why? At first, they were discovered by Island Records, one of UMG's labels, thanks to a daughter of one of the executives at Island who saw their covers one day, day on YouTube, and they sigend signed them up. at At first it was ok, OK, but it was mostly limited to EP's and a few original songs here and there and they were even gaining ground slowly, to the point they even had one of their songs (''What I Do'') be featured in commercials for Hasbro's Doh-Vinci (which itself was short lived) as well as having another song of theirs (''Come Over'') as one of the songs featured in a new version of the Twister Dance toy, and even having at least two songs of their (''Made in America'' and ''That Girl Should be Me'') played on RadioDisney at one point. But then came the pressure to be more than just themselves and to do more songs that don't really represent them, and they thankfully (and peacefully) left on good terms with the label, but it also had a the side effect of the sisters (And the whole Cimorelli family) moved moving from Malibu to Nashville as of current. Only then they finally got a chance to release their much awaited first album, ''Up At Night'', after a long time wait from the fans, on their own (But through [=PledgeMusic=] at first).
first; the same occurred for the second one, ''Alive'', but got released on [=ITunes=] on May 5th, a few months after their February release on [=PledgeMusic=]).
25th May '17 9:56:37 AM arnoldmcguire335
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* Music/OutKast experienced this after their record label got bought out. The executive who signed them was excluded from the merger, and the new executives didn't have the same understanding. Because of this the Idlewild soundtrack wasn't marketed properly, and despite having a significant buzz built up around the songs "Mighty O" and "Hollywood Divorce" they weren't able to record videos for them. Things got worse, when Big Boi decided to record a solo album he butted heads with executives for various reasons [[ExecutiveMeddling such as them taking away his creative control, and trying to get him to copy other artists]]. [[DevelopmentHell The album was held up for three years.]] Eventually the label let him out of his contract, but under the stipulation that Creator/Andre3000 can't collaborate with him on his solo records, as the label wanted exclusive rights to Music/{{OutKast}}.

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* Music/OutKast experienced this after their record label got bought out. The executive who signed them was excluded from the merger, and the new executives didn't have the same understanding. Because of this the Idlewild soundtrack wasn't marketed properly, and despite having a significant buzz built up around the songs "Mighty O" and "Hollywood Divorce" they weren't able to record videos for them. Things got worse, when Big Boi decided to record a solo album he butted heads with executives for various reasons [[ExecutiveMeddling such as them taking away his creative control, and trying to get him to copy other artists]]. [[DevelopmentHell The album was held up for three years.]] Eventually the label let him out of his contract, but under the stipulation that Creator/Andre3000 Andre 3000 can't collaborate with him on his solo records, as the label wanted exclusive rights to Music/{{OutKast}}.



** To add insult to injury. Some of the latter artists were either writers or back-up singers for the former to help them sound good. They were basically languishing in the background helping arguably lesser artists, and the only reason they even got a deal was probably because they were ''promised'' one by the company for their work with the former R&B/pop artists. The former, artists get the most attention and their albums are fast tracked (That's if they don't fall victim to this trope themselves) , while the latter artists sometimes see their albums get shelved, or under promoted.
* Some see Music/MileyCyrus's HotterAndSexier look as this. Basically she's just trying to sell records, and get attention through the controversy. Let's be honest here, it's not like she didn't know this would cause controversy. Could also make the argument that she likely did it to get out of ContractualPurity which she might see as holding her back. In addition to all the above she's also maturing and getting older. So this and all of the above are all reasons for the new look. But it's hard not to believe that record sales aren't the real goal.

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** To add insult to injury. Some injury, some of the latter artists were either writers or back-up singers for the former to help them sound good. They were basically languishing in the background helping arguably lesser artists, and the only reason they even got a deal was probably because they were ''promised'' one by the company for their work with the former R&B/pop artists. The former, artists get the most attention and their albums are fast tracked (That's if they don't fall victim to this trope themselves) , themselves), while the latter artists sometimes see their albums get shelved, or under promoted.
* Some see Music/MileyCyrus's HotterAndSexier look as this. Basically she's just trying to sell records, and get attention through the controversy. Let's be honest here, it's not like she didn't know this would cause controversy. Could also make the argument that she likely did it to get out of ContractualPurity which she might see as holding her back. In addition to all the above she's also maturing and getting older. So older, so this and all of the above are all reasons for the new look. But it's hard not to believe that record sales aren't the real goal.



* Happened with contemporary r&b singer Phylis Hyman when she butted heads with Clive Davis, who wanted her to do crossover pop. Ms. Hyman was a R&B singer and didn't like to be forced to do fluffy pop. Clive eventually moved on to a younger singer whom he could have more control over...Music/WhitneyHouston.

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* Happened with contemporary r&b R&B singer Phylis Hyman when she butted heads with Clive Davis, who wanted her to do crossover pop. Ms. Hyman was a R&B singer and didn't like to be forced to do fluffy pop. Clive eventually moved on to a younger singer whom he could have more control over...Music/WhitneyHouston.



* This trope is taken to an extreme in a [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theory]] involving Music/MichaelJackson. Michael told family members that the various problems he had from the TurnOfTheMillennium onward -- his declining sales, arrest and trial on child molestation charges, etc. -- stemmed from Sony Music, his label, plotting to render him financially destitute so they could buy his half of a valuable song publishing catalog that he co-owned with the company. When they couldn't manage to ruin him, he believed that they would try to ''kill'' him, and sister La Toya has gone on to claim that his sudden death in 2009 (as he was preparing a farewell concert run in London) was an assassination masterminded by Sony and concert promoter [=AEG=] Live, who knew he was worth more dead than alive.
** A similar theory surrounds the death of Music/TupacShakur.

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* This trope is taken to an extreme in a [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theory]] involving Music/MichaelJackson. Michael told family members that the various problems he had from the TurnOfTheMillennium onward -- his declining sales, arrest and trial on child molestation charges, etc. -- stemmed from Sony Music, his label, plotting to render him financially destitute so they could buy his half of a valuable song publishing catalog that he co-owned with the company. When they couldn't manage to ruin him, he believed that they would try to ''kill'' him, and sister La Toya has gone on to claim that his sudden death in 2009 (as he was preparing a farewell concert run in London) was an assassination masterminded by Sony and concert promoter [=AEG=] Live, who knew he was worth more dead than alive.
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alive. A similar theory surrounds the death of Music/TupacShakur.



* This played a significant role in Music/{{Queen}} choosing to bail Creator/ElektraRecords, their longtime North American label, in 1983. As the band prepared to release their ''Queen: Greatest Flix'' video compilation in the U.S. two years prior, Elektra's home video distributor Creator/WarnerHomeVideo decided to implement a rental-only program for all of their videocassettes, including the aforementioned ''Greatest Flix'' compilation. Queen was not pleased with this, and [[DevelopmentHell refused to put the compilation out in the market]] in protest. When EMI, their label in the UK, gave the band the opportunity to sign to EMI-owned Captiol in the U.S., the ''Greatest Flix'' compilation was finally released in America through Thorn-EMI.

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* This played a significant role in Music/{{Queen}} choosing to bail Creator/ElektraRecords, their longtime North American label, in 1983. As the band prepared to release their ''Queen: Greatest Flix'' video compilation in the U.S. two years prior, Elektra's home video distributor Creator/WarnerHomeVideo decided to implement a rental-only program for all of their videocassettes, including the aforementioned ''Greatest Flix'' compilation. Queen was not pleased with this, and [[DevelopmentHell refused to put the compilation out in the market]] in protest. When EMI, their label in the UK, gave the band the opportunity to sign to EMI-owned Captiol Capitol in the U.S., the ''Greatest Flix'' compilation was finally released in America through Thorn-EMI.




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* This trope is the reason why Music/{{Cimorelli}} opted to go indie. Why? At first, they were discovered by Island Records, one of UMG's labels, thanks to a daughter of one of the executives at Island who saw their covers one day, and they sigend them up. at first it was ok, but it was mostly limited to EP's and a few original songs here and there and they were even gaining ground slowly, to the point they even had one of their songs (''What I Do'') be featured in commercials for Hasbro's Doh-Vinci (which itself was short lived) as well as having another song of theirs (''Come Over'') as one of the songs featured in a new version of the Twister Dance toy, and even having at least two songs of their (''Made in America'' and ''That Girl Should be Me'') played on RadioDisney at one point. But then came the pressure to be more than just themselves and to do more songs that don't really represent them, and they thankfully (and peacefully) left on good terms with the label, but it also had a the side effect of the sisters (And the whole Cimorelli family) moved from Malibu to Nashville as of current. Only then they finally got a chance to release their first album, ''Up At Night'', after a long time wait from the fans, on their own (But through [=PledgeMusic=] at first).
28th Apr '17 5:50:59 AM TheDeadSkin
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* Dr. Dre and Music/SnoopDogg collaborated on a rap called "Dre Day," which was a TakeThat directed at Eazy-E, ([[WeUsedToBeFriends who used to be]] in the GangstaRap group Music/{{NWA}} with Dre) following a falling out. In the music video, a character portraying a rapper trying to start a solo career ''finally'' gets to meet with a record company, and is told to "Sign your life...I mean, your name on the contract."

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* Dr. Dre and Music/SnoopDogg collaborated on a rap called "Dre Day," which was a TakeThat directed at Eazy-E, ([[WeUsedToBeFriends who used to be]] in the GangstaRap group Music/{{NWA}} with Dre) following a falling out. In the music video, video for Dr. Dre's "Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')", a character portraying a rapper trying to start a solo career ''finally'' gets to meet with a record company, deal, and is told to "Sign "sign your life...I life--I mean, your name on the contract.""[[note]]The actual song, however, is a [[TakeThat diss track]] towards Dre's former Music/{{NWA}} colleague Eazy-E, [[WeUsedToBeFriends with whom he'd had a falling out.]][[/note]]
9th Apr '17 1:15:16 PM Mario1995
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* British rock band Bush didn't get their debut album, ''Sixteen Stone'', released until ''[[DevelopmentHell eleven months]]'' after its completion. Why? At the time of recording, Bush was signed to Hollywood Records, Creator/{{Disney}}'s music label (yes, they were going to be working for ''Disney''). After Disney president Frank Wells' died suddenly, however, executives who had cold feet about Bush being associated with a family-friendly company took over majority opinion, and the band was quickly dropped before they could even release their album. Bush's manager Rob Kahane then went to court other labels for the band to sign with, and eventually got the attention of Interscope Records. Interscope ultimately signed the group and finally put ''Sixteen Stone'' out in the market near the end of the year.

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* British rock band Bush didn't get their debut album, ''Sixteen Stone'', released until ''[[DevelopmentHell eleven months]]'' after its completion. Why? At the time of recording, Bush was signed to Hollywood Records, Creator/{{Disney}}'s music label (yes, they were going to be working for ''Disney''). After Disney president Frank Wells' Wells died suddenly, however, executives who had cold feet about Bush being associated with a family-friendly company took over majority opinion, and the band was quickly dropped before they could even release their album. Bush's manager Rob Kahane then went to court other labels for the band to sign with, and eventually got the attention of Interscope Records. Interscope ultimately signed the group and finally put ''Sixteen Stone'' out in the market near the end of the year.
9th Apr '17 12:59:16 PM Mario1995
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* British rock band Bush didn't get their debut album, ''Sixteen Stone'', released until ''[[DevelopmentHell eleven months]]'' after its completion. Why? At the time of recording, Bush was signed to Hollywood Records, Creator/{{Disney}}'s music label (yes, they were going to be working for ''Disney''). After Disney president Frank Wells' died suddenly, however, executives who had cold feet about Bush being associated with a family-friendly company took over majority opinion, and the band was quickly dropped before they could even release their album. Bush's manager Rob Kahane then went to court other labels for the band to sign with, and eventually got the attention of Interscope Records. Interscope ultimately signed the group and finally put ''Sixteen Stone'' out in the market near the end of the year.
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