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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

Storm Gloor
University of Colorado Denver
Introduction
   
    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.

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