RollingStone.com reports that Metallica is leaving Warner Music and forming a new label called Blackened Records. The longstanding relationship between Warner and Metallica has finally ended after many years of successful partnership. According to the band, one of the reasons that factored into the breakup is the ability for Metallica to control its creative destiny. As we have seen with other artists who have gone to alternative record labels in lieu of the mega-producers, song writing and creativity often fuels dissent between the artist and the producer. While the artist may be the one who receives the fame for music, the producers are largely in control of what actually makes it to the mainstream public. There has been a much greater resurgency of artists trying to get back to their original creative roots, and it wil certainly be interesting to see how Metallica handles this new entrepreneurial shift towards independence.
Via Pierre Priot