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Wind-up Records was a record label from New York. It was Evanescence's label for their first three studio albums. The label was founded in 1997 when Alan and Diana Meltzer bought Grass Records. This label's catalogue is distributed in the world by Sony Music, except Canada, where the company is Wind-up Entertainment Canada, Inc., and the distributor is Warner Music Canada. Wind-up's slogan was "Developing Career Artists".
On January 13, 2009, Sony Music Entertainment issued a press release saying it had incorporated Wind-Up Records. In September 2009, the world distribution was given to the EMI, excluding North America.
In October 2013, the Bicycle Music Company bought the rights to Wind-Up's back catalogue. In May 2015, Bicycle Music Company merged with Concord Music Group, which took up the back catalogue. In 2017, Concord founded Craft Recordings, which handles the reissues of their Wind-Up catalogue, including Evanescence's first three albums.
All of Evanescence's releases from 2003 to 2011 - including Fallen, The Open Door and Evanescence - were released under this label. Wind-Up distributed the singles (except the Imaginary and Weight of the World, both published by Sony in radio-promotion purpose).
Wind-Up Records also released the soundtracks featuring Evanescence: Daredevil: The Album (track #9 - Bring Me To Life and track #17 - My Immortal, 2003) and Elektra: The Album (track #8 - Breathe No More, 2005).
The label is known for forcing Evanescence to add a male rapper on their debut single, Bring Me to Life, to make it marketable, after they originally wanted them to hold auditions to permanently add a male rapper in the band and feature him on eight out of eleven songs on Fallen. Amy refused it and they were put on hold until they agreed to add a male vocalist on the first single. The label also scrapped the initial version of the band's 2011 self-titled third album, originally produced by Steve Lillywhite in 2010. Some songs on the self-titled album were inspired by Amy Lee's frustration with the label, including Sick and A New Way to Bleed. Amy said she was able to get the rights to the material originally recorded during the Lillywhite sessions.
On January 3, 2014, it was announced that Amy had filed a lawsuit against former record label Wind-up Records, seeking $1.5 million in unpaid royalties owed to the band. The lawsuit was settled and Amy had to sign a non-disclosure agreement that she could not say anything negative, "so that's the only way in any sense that I'm still bound". In March 2014, via her Twitter account, Amy announced that she and Evanescence were released from their record label contract and were independent artists.
Notes and References
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- Evanescence lands someplace special. USA Today. May 8, 2003.
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