Corey Taylor Addresses The Debate That Who’s The Owner Of Slipknot’s Music Publishing Rights
Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor revealed the record label the band is signed to during a recent appearance on Steve-O’s Wild Ride, and apparently, the band is still signed to Roadrunner Records with whom they have been working for more than two decades.
As many of you know, during the early days of Slipknot, in early 1998 to be more specific, the band produced a second demo featuring five tracks exclusively for record labels which resulted in the band receiving a lot of attention from record labels. In late June, Slipknot received a $500,000, seven-album deal, from Roadrunner Records, the band signed the deal officially on July 8, 1998.
While being an independent record label for a long time, Warner Music Group actually purchased a majority in shares of Roadrunner Records‘ parent company, Roadrunner Music Group B.V on December 18, 2006. Years after, Roadrunner became a sub-label of Warner’s Elektra Music Group division in June 2018.
During a recent interview, Corey Taylor opened up about the complicated structure of these record labels and cleared the air about the record label Slipknot is still signed to. Apparently, it has always been Roadrunner Records throughout all these years.
Here is what Taylor said:
“We’re still signed to Roadrunner.”
In addition to this, Slipknot frontman opened up about the journey of Roadrunner Records and stated that what happened to the record company was heartbreaking since they were one of the biggest labels that worked with metal bands in history, however, they are not owned by another company.
Here is what Slipknot frontman said:
“Which is weird because technically we’re not a Warner band – we are Roadrunner’s band, they just happened to own us. It’s really sad what happened to Roadrunner. They were the biggest metal label on the planet for the longest time, and it seemed they were independent, they weren’t owned by anybody
They were massive worldwide, they had offices in every country, they had the biggest bands in metal, and with one fell swoop, they sold all the rights, they became owned by a certain label… And within three years, that label fired everyone who had been working there for 20 years. They fired almost everyone down to the point where they had to close all of the offices in all of these countries. It was crazy! These were people I had worked with my entire career.”
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