On Tuesday, DJBooth's EIC tweeted, "Every major record label has priority acts and non-priority acts. If you sign a deal, you need to do everything in your power to make sure you're not only designated a priority — immediately after signing — but that you *remain* a priority. Otherwise... good luck."
While we have discussed the blackballing of artists in detail several times, we have only glossed over the topic of who is a priority at their label and who is not. Looking at who is a priority does play a factor in why one artist may end up doing better than another, no matter the size of their fanbase.
If Artist A is getting the full backing and budget of their label and Artist B is getting minimal support, then Artist A has the opportunity to have her music heard outside of core fans. While Artist B will have to rely more on her core fanbase to promote the music to casual listeners.
Let's play a game. How many artists below are a priority at their label?
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