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Journal of the
Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Volume 12, Number 1 (2012)
Artists’ Chart Careers: A Study of How
They’ve Changed Through the Years
University of Colorado Denver
On May 2, 2012, it was reported that pop music stars
the Jonas Brothers, a family trio who gained immense exposure on the
Disney Channel, were leaving their record label, Hollywood Records.
Artists choose to leave record labels for many reasons, and sometimes
they’re involuntarily dropped from their contracts by the company. The
situation can be spun in many ways to the press—or hardly mentioned.
One might assume, though, that Hollywood Records did the
pre-negotiation math and other due diligence before letting go a band
that had already sold seventeen million records. One can only speculate
as to the discussions. Nonetheless, it is interesting to note that the
band, whose most recent widely available studio album was at one point
the top-selling record in the United States, could be parting with its
label so soon after such success.