What is the difference between a record label and record company?

What is the difference between a record label and record company? Or are they the same? I've been doing some research and would really like to know.

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  • 7 years ago
    Best Answer

    For starters, a record company generally handles their own publishing and distribution. A vast majority of the services a record company provides are done "in-house;" through the company itself. A label, on the other hand, does not handle most of their operations "in-house." A label generally utilizes outside companies to handle their distribution, publishing, marketing... etc.

    A record company does everything "in-house". A record label outsources.

    EDIT: Seriously... Someone actually thumbed my correct answer down? Fool.

    Source(s): Label Sr. A&R, 14 years.
  • 7 years ago

    One company may own several labels.

    They are like individual brands that contain a certain kind of music.

    A label may be owned by certain people in the record company.

    The label contains all of the legal and copyrights for their records.

    Or a record label and company may both be the same.

    Hope that makes a little sense. That's the best I can say.

    Think of it like a "make" of car, and their "models."

  • Rose
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    A record label is a company who produce records, and offer record deals, for example Sony or DCG.A record company may have multiple labels. It's possible but not likely you can own one.

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