Record label

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or "A&R"); and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information.[1]

Music industry

Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets.

But an increasing number of artists have sought to avoid costs and gain new audiences via the Internet, often with the help of videos. Combined with the decline in album sales and rapid growth in free content available online, this has changed the way the industry works dramatically since the beginning of the 21st century. It has caused record labels to seek new sources of profit, in particular via "360" deals (see below, under "new label strategies").

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Plate-etiket
العربية: شركة تسجيلات
azərbaycanca: Səsyazma şirkəti
беларуская: Лэйбл гуказапісу
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Лэйбл гукапісу
català: Discogràfica
Deutsch: Musiklabel
Esperanto: Diskeldonejo
euskara: Diskoetxe
Gaeilge: Lipéad ceoil
Bahasa Indonesia: Label rekaman
ქართული: ლეიბლი
Lëtzebuergesch: Museklabel
magyar: Lemezkiadó
მარგალური: ლეიბლი
Bahasa Melayu: Syarikat rakaman
Nederlands: Platenlabel
português: Selo fonográfico
සිංහල: සංගීතය
Simple English: Record label
slovenščina: Glasbena založba
српски / srpski: Издавачка кућа
svenska: Skivmärke
Türkçe: Müzik şirketi
українська: Лейбл звукозапису
Tiếng Việt: Hãng thu âm
中文: 唱片公司