Can bands signed onto major labels make whatever music they want?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Question by : Can bands signed onto major labels make whatever music they want?
Like for their debut album be a boy band like 1d and get real big then their next 2 albums become a badass Alt Metal band with well done complex guitar riffs, fast drums and awesome singing then their next 5 albums be rap rock like limp bizkit if they so wanted to do that?

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Answer by Steve Savage

Basically any band is allowed to change their style, it’s not like the label is going to hold a knife to their throats forcing them to release the same album five times over. Well, unless we’re talking about Victory Records. However, usually bands stick with whatever style they’re used to performing because they’re afraid to experiment, especially if they’re already successful. If you’re asking if One Direction will become the next Limp Bizkit, maybe that’s a step up, but that’s not really saying much.

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4 Responses to “Can bands signed onto major labels make whatever music they want?”

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    Bobstone Says:

    Their record label decides their musical style, this goes for ANY major label artist. They get controlled to sound like whatever’s popular, they get told what to look and act like.

    If a band makes a major change, it’s their label’s fault, if a band scraps an album, it’s also their label’s fault.

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    Timothy S Says:

    Not necessarily without consequences.

    For example, in 1983-84, Geffen Records sued Neil Young for making music “unrepresentative” of himself.

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    mister-damus Says:

    Not always. There are some exceptions, but I think normally the suits have a lot of say if you (the artist) strays.

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    Obi Wan Knievel Says:

    No, not unless they’re really really successful. And even then, still no.

    Kiss is a perfect example with their biggest hit of all time, Made For Loving You. Kiss is and always has been a rock band, and had no interest in disco. Paul Stanley wrote that song as a joke to prove how easy it would be to write a disco hit, and Casablanca made them release it. Since Kiss was under contract (and hadn’t really sold many albums), the record company basically told them to release the song or get out and face legal action for breaking their contractual obligations.

    And Kiss isn’t nearly the only one. The record company is in the business for cash, and they don’t care about anything else. They put up all the money to record, produce and promote the material, so they get the final say in what gets released. If they think it will sell, they’ll insist that it goes on the album. If they think it won’t, they’ll strike it from the song list.

    The first major rock band to be offered a totally open contract, where they could do whatever the hell they wanted and still get paid, was Motley Crue. That was right after Dr. Feelgood, which (coincidentally I’m sure) was their last good album. I’m pretty sure they were also the last band to ever be offered such a contract. No record company would be stupid enough to do that again.

    It’s just the way it works.

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