The decision of Background Records
This is the second blog post of a serie of three. In case you missed the first one it is here.
Let’s call this major record company for the story Background Records. I don’t know of there is real record company with this actual name, but then this real company has nothing to do with our story. I only use this name for the story.
Background Records had a division in the USA and most of all, has similar artists to Chris. In a certain way, the European division of Background Records and their prominent artist Chris stood in the way of a similar artist that was signed in the USA. So the record company had a reunion to discuss the possibities.
It was out of the question they were going to support two similar artists in both the USA and Europe. There options were: the USA artist gets support from the US division in the USA. Chris gets it’s support in Europe and stays on the European music market. The general management of the record company decided that the return on investment could be maximalised by supporting only one of the two artists in both the USA and Europe. This didn’t turn out well for Chris, because he was the one that pulled the shortest straw. Background Records had come to the decision that both the US and European subdivisions should focus on the American artist. As a consequence, the career of Chris Mc Free was put on hold.
Chris heard of the decision through his management and although it wasn’t exactly the kind of news that would make his day, he was not too depressed about it. After all, he made his name, his was famous now, so it wouldn’t be too difficult for him to find another record company. This makes sense, don’t you think? Well no it didn’t. Please read on.
Chris had a contract with Background records that stated he would make several records with them over the coming years. Chris tought he would be released of this contract as the record company had clearly stated they would not make any further records with him in the coming years.
Chris was wrong: he didn’t know about the secret catch behind his contract. A well kept secret in the music industry that has already caused a lot of confusion with young artists. That’s why Chris wanted me to publish his story so you can avoid this deadly pitfall. I explain this is the next post.
In the meanwhile,