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14th Jul '16 2:06:10 AM WillBGood
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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 Andre3000 can't collaborate with him on his solo records, as the label wanted exclusive rights to [[OutKast [=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 Andre3000 Creator/Andre3000 can't collaborate with him on his solo records, as the label wanted exclusive rights to [[OutKast [=OutKast=]]].Music/{{OutKast}}.
14th Jul '16 2:05:29 AM WillBGood
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* Music/{{Prince}} was/is very bitter over this. So much so he once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in order to defy Warner Bros, and disassociate himself from the "slave" artist the he claimed the label had turned him in to. He wouldn't change it back until his contract expired.

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* Music/{{Prince}} was/is was very bitter over this. So much so he once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in order to defy Warner Bros, and disassociate himself from the "slave" artist the he claimed the label had turned him in to. He wouldn't change it back until his contract expired.
18th Jun '16 7:06:40 AM Prfnoff
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* At least according to recent (reputable) biographies on the artist, Music/EltonJohn was a victim of record label politics and legal issues in much of TheEighties. He left his original American distributors, MCA Records, in less-than-friendly terms, him feeling that they had done a poor job promoting his late-[[TheSeventies 1970's]] releases (though it did not help matters when Elton laid off most to all of his classic band by 1975, stopped working with producer Gus Dudgeon by 1978, had little involvement with original lyricist Bernie Taupin and had by 1976 [[StraightGay come out as bisexual]], [[ValuesDissonance costing him much of his market in Middle America and rock radio in the process]]. Elton sued MCA for breach of contract for not paying for Elton's next album, 1981's ''The Fox''. Elton joined GeffenRecords in 1981, hoping that the then-new label would treat him better. The counter-lawsuit MCA gave Elton alleged that part of ''The Fox'' was comprised of 1979 recordings made during the production of 1980's ''21 At 33'', when Elton was still signed to the label, meaning that MCA would have the rights to release the album. Geffen felt it in their best interests not to heavily promote ''The Fox'' to make it less commercially attractive to convince MCA to settle, or to make it less of an incentive in case MCA won the rights.

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* At least according to recent (reputable) biographies on the artist, Music/EltonJohn was a victim of record label politics and legal issues in much of TheEighties. He left his original American distributors, MCA Records, in less-than-friendly terms, him feeling that they had done a poor job promoting his late-[[TheSeventies 1970's]] releases (though it did not help matters when Elton laid off most to all of his classic band by 1975, stopped working with producer Gus Dudgeon by 1978, had little involvement with original lyricist Bernie Taupin and had by 1976 [[StraightGay come out as bisexual]], [[ValuesDissonance costing him much of his market in Middle America and rock radio in the process]]. Elton sued MCA for breach of contract for not paying for Elton's next album, 1981's ''The Fox''. Elton joined GeffenRecords Creator/GeffenRecords in 1981, hoping that the then-new label would treat him better. The counter-lawsuit MCA gave Elton alleged that part of ''The Fox'' was comprised of 1979 recordings made during the production of 1980's ''21 At 33'', when Elton was still signed to the label, meaning that MCA would have the rights to release the album. Geffen felt it in their best interests not to heavily promote ''The Fox'' to make it less commercially attractive to convince MCA to settle, or to make it less of an incentive in case MCA won the rights.
16th Jun '16 6:34:44 PM Schroeder1174
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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 scedule 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 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 scedule schedule for Mercury until her contract ended in 1968. She would maintain, in spite of this, that she was "one of the lucky ones".
15th Jun '16 5:48:32 PM HiJac210
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* One of Music/KoRn's music videos covers this.

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* One of Music/KoRn's [[Music/KoRn KoRn's]] music videos covers this.
15th Jun '16 5:46:53 PM HiJac210
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* AlternativeRock band TheRedJumpSuitApparatus was unhappy with their former label, Virgin Records, because of this and had the golden opportunity to leave without it hurting their career, and leave they did. They are on an independent label now and are as successful as ever with complete creative control.

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* AlternativeRock band TheRedJumpSuitApparatus Red Jump Suit Apparatus was unhappy with their former label, Virgin Records, because of this and had the golden opportunity to leave without it hurting their career, and leave they did. They are on an independent label now and are as successful as ever with complete creative control.
4th Jun '16 3:42:14 PM wuggles
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* Happens in ''Series/{{Empire}}'', about the Lyon family's titular record label. Gets more literally political when Jamal comes out of the closet, much to the chagrin of his HeteronormativeCrusader father (and CEO) Lucious.
22nd May '16 9:39:29 PM Schroeder1174
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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 schanged hands with management also paid off a massive debt she aquired 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 scedule 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 in 1963 for the success of "It's My Party", and no more royalties for her music until 1989[[note]]Mercury, then having schanged changed hands with management also paid off a massive $175,000 debt she aquired acquired at the end of TheSixties[[/note]]. 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 scedule for Mercury until her contract ended in 1968. She would maintain, in spite of this, that she was "one of the lucky ones".
22nd May '16 8:52:25 PM Schroeder1174
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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 schanged hands with management also paid off a massive debt she aquired 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 scedule for Mercury until her contract ended in 1968. She would maintain, in spite of this, that she was "one of the lucky ones".
5th Apr '16 12:53:59 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' deals explicitly with the politics and DirtyBusiness of the Record Industry during TheSeventies, inspired by several actual record malpractises and systemic abuse of artists.
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