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Wind-up Records is a label from New York. It was founded in 1997 when Alan and Diana Meltzer bought Grass Records. This label's works are distributed in the world by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, except of Canada, where the company is Wind-up Entertainment Canada, Inc., and the distributor is Warner Music Canada. Wind-up is the biggest independent label in the world. The company's slogan is "Developing Career Artists".
On 13th January, 2009, Sony Music Entertainment issues a press release telling it has incorporated Wind-Up Records. On September 2009, the world distribution is given to the EMI, excluding North America.
Some of the artists under license with Wind-up are Seether, Finger Eleven and Creed.
In October 2013, the Bicycle Music Company bought the rights to much of Wind-Up's back catalogue, including the contracts to acts such as Seether. These artists will be distributed by Concord Music Group, which later merged with Bicycle. In May 2015, Concord bought the rest of the Wind-Up label.
In 2016, Concord retired Wind-Up as a frontline label, and transferred most of Wind-Up's artists to other labels. Wind-Up's reissues are released under Craft Recordings, Concord's reissue label.
"Wind-Up Records" is Evanescence's former label. It signed a three album contract with Evanescence in 2001 after a listening of the Origin songs (album published by Bigwig Enterprises, the band's label prior to Wind-Up Records) and other demos. Nearly all of the Evanescence releases were published under this label. Wind-Up published the band's albums (Fallen, The Open Door and Evanescence) and distributed many of the singles (except of the Imaginary and Weight of the World singles, both published by Sony in radio-promotion purpose).
Wind-Up Records also published 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).
Amy Lee published, under this label, a non-Evanescence track in The Punisher: The Album (track #5 - Broken, 2004) along with Seether. The others Amy's solo publications are released under Walt Disney Records.
The label forced the band to add a male rapper on their first single, Bring Me to Life, though they originally wanted them to hold auditions to add a male singer in the band and feature him on eight out of eleven songs on Fallen. The band refused it and were put on hold until they agreed to add a male vocalist on only one song, i.e. the first single.
Amy's father, John Lee, revealed that Wind-Up originally wanted the band to scrap The Open Door and rewrite it. However, he encouraged her to fight for the album and she eventually won the label over, thus making them green-light it.
In March 2013, Wind-up reissued Fallen on purple vinyl for its 10th anniversary.
Evanescence was released from Wind-Up Records in 2013, thus making Evanescence an independent artist. This occurred shortly after Wind-Up sold Evanescence's master catalog to Bicycle/Concord Music Group for publishing.
On January 3, 2014, it was announced that Amy Lee had filed a lawsuit against former record label Wind-up Records, seeking $1.5 million in unpaid royalties owed to the band. It is known that Amy was able to get the rights to the material originally recorded during the Lillywhite sessions for Evanescence's self-titled third album that was scrapped by Wind-Up Records in early 2010. She lovingly referred to this album as "broken record" and added she plans to finish and release some of these songs in the future.
In March 2014, via her Twitter account, Lee announced that she and Evanescence had been released from their record label and were independent artists.