Metallica Splits From WMG To Launch Blackened Recordings
It’s official: Metallica has gone independent. Announced
last Friday, the famed rockers have left longtime label Warner Music Group
after 28 years, and were able to take ownership of all their master recordings
with them, including all music and long form videos under provision of their renegotiated joint venture agreement with
the WMG in 1994, where all masters revert back to the band as of November 30,
2012. The band also
announced the formation of their own independent label, Blackend Recordings.
From now on, every
Metallica project from future studio albums to reissues will be released via
Blackened. The label will even boast its own in-house marketing and promotion
staff and will be distributed by WMG reissue subsidiary Rhino Entertainment. Blackened Recordings will also license their releases to Universal
Music Group internationally.
"We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group
for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we
truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North
America," said Metallica frontman James Hetfield.
"It's always been about control for us as a band," said
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the
ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver's
seat of our own creative destiny."
wasting any time with their newly found label. The band’s first release from
Blackened is set for Monday December 10 in the form a live concert
DVD called "Quebec Magnetic", capturing the two World Magnetic live
shows from Quebec City in the fall of 2009. Unique to the DVD, the set
list for it was voted on by over 35,000 fans at Metallica.com this past
Along with “Quebec
Magnetic”, a new Metallica album is said to be in the works.
“We're going to
basically just concentrate on new music and trying to get another Metallica
record will be the priority,” Ulrich said in a press event earlier this year. “I
mean, it's an amazing thing, 31 years into a career, to be able to be as busy
as we are and for people to give a shit.”