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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 ; 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.
  • Types 

  • Major versus independent record labels 

  • Major labels 

  • Independent 

  • Imprint 

  • Sublabel 

  • Vanity labels 

  • Relationship with artists 

  • New label strategies