Disco Curtis (Tanner Howe) Getting Dropped from Label
Rumor has it Interscope Records has officially given up on Disco Curtis. Tanner Howe, the only remaining member of the band, recently finished recording the debut album but now it seems Interscope doesn’t want to further invest.
This news comes after the label cut the rest of the band halfway through Vans Warped Tour last year claiming that the band was taking a new direction to only focus on lead singer Howe.
Disco Curtis was originally signed to Myspace Records, a label that still partially exists as an offshoot of Interscope, but will most likely be absorbed by the end of the year. Myspace and Interscope have both been laying off many employees over the past couple of years as profits have declined. With record sales lower than ever, more cuts are being made and less new acts are being signed.
It’s a shame that major labels aren’t figuring out how to sell rock bands anymore. While we still expect a new CD with the unreleased tracks out soon, we still think they should have just kept Disco Curtis where they were at and let the ball roll itself without all of the interference.
Fueled By Ramen Shutting Down?!?!!
Rumor has it that Fueled By Ramen will no longer be a label very soon.
In a desperate last struggle (from severely declining record and single sales) it looks like the world’s most popular indie label, Fueled By Ramen could be shutting down forever. Most likely the successful artists from the label will be split to either Atlantic Records (Paramore) or Warner Brothers Records (Panic! At the Disco). While others will cling to their second home of Decaydance Records (Cobra Starship and The Academy Is…). Others like the unpopular The Swellers and Forgive Durden will be completely dropped.
Fueled By Ramen merged with Atlantic Records a few years ago for distribution within the United States but promised much better record sales. The last bands to sign onto the label were the terribly received The Swellers and Fun. in 2009 and 2010 respectively. While the label has had many huge hits like Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and Paramore, the revenue to promote music is not bringing in as much gross gain as the agreement with Atlantic Records had guaranteed.
"[Atlantic] had high hopes for Fueled By Ramen and continue to sign great new acts with lots of sales," says an insider. "Lately it hasn’t been the case and it looks like Atlantic is holding them accountable for it. Everyone is doubting they’ll be around next year."