Re: Record Label Questions
the MB wiki page is taken from the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_label
The wording is actually "In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos"
and then says "In everyday usage, a record label is also a company that manages such brands and trademarks; coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, promotion, and enforcement of copyright protection of sound recordings and music videos; conducts A&R; and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers."
We should be using what is defined as a label in the music industry, which is the brand name/imprint, not the company that uses/owns the brand name, not the local company name for that region, not the distributor, not the publisher, not the music group/holding company.
As being the guilty one for quoting Wikipedia in the wiki page, I fully subscribe to mudcrow position here: our main purpose IMHO is to keep tracks of imprints, dot.
"Distributor" exists only to satisfy people who have time enough/information enough to actually dig distributor specific cat # and want to enter complex ARing to relate imprints to distribution circuits: this is 0.1% of the users, and probably as much edits.
"Holding" exists as we want to have a few of them to get the labels list structured (around 75% of all labels end up in one of the big four): AFAIK, there should be only a handful of such entities.
I'm aware label issues are not easy to sort out (this is hardly fresh news btw, and quite a few people have already fought with that in release annotations), but please, keep it simple - stick to imprints and label codes - don't trust bogus online resources (Amazon among others) - and unless you really want to spend hours long researchs, don't try to enter companies or represent socio-economic life of "labels".
Especially, I strongly disagree with the massive creation of "national" label derived from the big fours (unless of course there is *a legit reason* to think such a thing exists as a label) please don't create such bogus labels for the sake of it.
I don't have an easy solution to find label data for every case, sorry (though we could put up a wiki page with some sleeves copy and explanations), but I would like to stress it again: we are not going to be a financial database/companies database. We work on music.
In the hope that somehow helps.