But the labels were supposed to be completely dead by now! Instead, all the profuse bleeding hasn’t stopped the heart from beating… in fact, major labels still have a ridiculous stronghold over popular music culture, mainstream radio, and even digital aspects of distribution.
They’re also hiring more people, at least in certain areas. According to data just compiled by Music Registry and shared with Digital Music News, labels – big, small, major, minor – collectively hired 55 A&R executives this year (for the uninitiated, ‘A&R’ refers to talent-related expertise, including selection, cultivation and product release).
The data spans North America and the UK.