Roadrunner Records To Close UK And Canada Offices

Roadrunner Records is to close its UK and Canada offices, and is making huge cuts across its worldwide operation.

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Roadrunner Records is to close its UK and Canada offices, and is making huge cuts across its worldwide operation.

The label, home to artists such as Atreyu, Juliette Lewis, Korn, Murderdolls and Nickelback, will close UK offices in the next few weeks, with the label's Canada and Germany offices to suffer a similar fate.

This latest news comes as another huge blow to the rock music industry, following the loss of Sonisphere festival from this year's summer circuit.

The record label is said to be hoping to continue in a smaller form, but at inevitable great impact to the many artists on their current roster.

Roadrunner Records, which has been in operation since 1980, is a division of Warner Music and has long pioneered rock music and breaking new metal bands, including early releases from Metallica.

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

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    GazzaCee
    So UG picks Roadrunner's worst bands? That'll help get sympathy. Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Machine Head, Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Trivium, Slipknot, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm, the list goes on. Roadrunner is a great label, and this is a terrible shame.
    Mack888
    haygoe wrote: haha
    Prick! Let's not forget Rush now. Any idea if this will affect Clockwork Angels release? Either way, it's a helluva shame!
    chrisvasco23
    how is it roadrunner is closing? whether we like nickelback or not they are a multi-million dollar band. slipknot is as well these days, so is lamb of god! im sorry to hear this, but its odd that some of todays biggest well known acts are on the label, but they still have to shut down offices.
    Niiko
    chrisvasco23 wrote: how is it roadrunner is closing? whether we like nickelback or not they are a multi-million dollar band. slipknot is as well these days, so is lamb of god! im sorry to hear this, but its odd that some of todays biggest well known acts are on the label, but they still have to shut down offices.
    Lamb of God a multi million dollar band? What world do you live in? Lamb of God are big, yes, but they're not rich big. Same with Trivium, if Matt Heafy is still paying RENT instead of his own house I fail to see how Lamb of God are a multi-million dollar band.
    Offworld92
    Why Roadrunner, out of all labels? They were one of the only ones who were somewhat agreeable. Sad news.
    Kenjamin91
    I'm sure it won't affect any albums already made. Especially since Slash isn't even with Roadrunner? Too lazy to check if the others are or not.
    Vicryl 2.0
    Metal fans stop buying music, they download it 'for free.' Labels dont make money with selling metal music anymore. like it or not.. Piracy killed Roadrunner.
    Shaggy91
    Brace Yourselves; The End is Coming. Its a damn shame that Roadrunner is failing, as is every other rock or metal label. Our type of music is no longer profitable, so unless you have live local music its gonna be dub step and crap pop music.
    Maiden95
    haygoe wrote: Mack888 wrote: haygoe wrote: haha Prick! Let's not forget Rush now. Any idea if this will affect Clockwork Angels release? Either way, it's a helluva shame! Im a prick cuz i think something is funny wow! Also only bands that are good are slipknot and Halestorm
    Those are actually like the only bad bands aside from Korn and Nickelback
    JTNorquay
    chrisvasco23 wrote: Niiko wrote: chrisvasco23 wrote: how is it roadrunner is closing? whether we like nickelback or not they are a multi-million dollar band. slipknot is as well these days, so is lamb of god! im sorry to hear this, but its odd that some of todays biggest well known acts are on the label, but they still have to shut down offices. Lamb of God a multi million dollar band? What world do you live in? Lamb of God are big, yes, but they're not rich big. Same with Trivium, if Matt Heafy is still paying RENT instead of his own house I fail to see how Lamb of God are a multi-million dollar band. well believe it or not they are. think about it... lamb of god sold 52,000 copies of the cd in america alone. now.. they have fans in europe as well so lets say in europe the same amount was sold that brings us to 104,000(mind you if sales were the same for europe for each individual country im going to leave out the rest of the world though). the price of the cd was $10 at fye the day it came out. 104,000(again a that number represents europe and america alone IF sales were the same)times $10 is 1.4 million dollars(not including tax). same goes for when wrath came out and sacrament before that. that is not including the clothing, accessories, posters, signature guitars from esp and jackson(if anyone buys them that is) and of tickets from the world tour they are on. i know there is a price for making the cd and recording/production of the album.. but if you look into everything they have and everything they have done they have made a pretty good chunk of change for roadrunner on the european side. same goes for slipknot, nickelback, korn so on. trivium isnt near the level of what those three have accomplished. my point to my first comment that it sucks we live in a time when something like this can happen even with moderate or higher accomplishments such as those bands. i think its warner bros way of reducing costs in some budget plan of theirs mostly because of piracy.
    I'm sorry. but do you actually think that they make all of that money? Most bands only make about 10% of sales if they're on a label. Not to mention with any signature endorsements from companies such as Jackson, ESP, etc. They don't actually make any profit from the signature models. They get free equipment. IF that. Most people just get it discounted. So, theoretically. Let's say Lamb of God made 1.5 million on their album sales. (btw tax goes to the government so why the shit did you mention taxes?) 1.5 million dollars even, after production, mixing, all costs, etc. Now, if Lamb of God only takes home 10% of the physical sales. They're only bringing home $150,000 as ONE BAND. Divide that by 5 members? You have $30,000 each. That's far less than a university graduate with a basic degree in education makes. In fact, it's only a little bit more than what a high school drop out could make doing minimum wage. Before you go on saying that these bands are multi-million dollar acts. Please learn how the industry works. And what do you mean Trivium isn't on the level of those acts? Trivium isn't that huge in the US compared to many of those acts, but they're enormous in Europe. In fact, they just played a headlining spot at Wacken in front of 80,000 people. I'd say they're doing alright. The artists are suffering. Pay your ****ing dues if you love 'em.
    Crofty89
    Shit, this had better not affect the new releases from Slash, The Cult or Delain due out next month.
    chrisvasco23
    Niiko wrote: chrisvasco23 wrote: how is it roadrunner is closing? whether we like nickelback or not they are a multi-million dollar band. slipknot is as well these days, so is lamb of god! im sorry to hear this, but its odd that some of todays biggest well known acts are on the label, but they still have to shut down offices. Lamb of God a multi million dollar band? What world do you live in? Lamb of God are big, yes, but they're not rich big. Same with Trivium, if Matt Heafy is still paying RENT instead of his own house I fail to see how Lamb of God are a multi-million dollar band.
    well believe it or not they are. think about it... lamb of god sold 52,000 copies of the cd in america alone. now.. they have fans in europe as well so lets say in europe the same amount was sold that brings us to 104,000(mind you if sales were the same for europe for each individual country im going to leave out the rest of the world though). the price of the cd was $10 at fye the day it came out. 104,000(again a that number represents europe and america alone IF sales were the same)times $10 is 1.4 million dollars(not including tax). same goes for when wrath came out and sacrament before that. that is not including the clothing, accessories, posters, signature guitars from esp and jackson(if anyone buys them that is) and of tickets from the world tour they are on. i know there is a price for making the cd and recording/production of the album.. but if you look into everything they have and everything they have done they have made a pretty good chunk of change for roadrunner on the european side. same goes for slipknot, nickelback, korn so on. trivium isnt near the level of what those three have accomplished. my point to my first comment that it sucks we live in a time when something like this can happen even with moderate or higher accomplishments such as those bands. i think its warner bros way of reducing costs in some budget plan of theirs mostly because of piracy.
    dr_shred
    chrisvasco23 wrote: how is it roadrunner is closing? whether we like nickelback or not they are a multi-million dollar band. slipknot is as well these days, so is lamb of god! im sorry to hear this, but its odd that some of todays biggest well known acts are on the label, but they still have to shut down offices.
    I think this little thing called piracy may have had something to do with it?
    SolitaryOne
    Vicryl 2.0 wrote: Metal fans stop buying music, they download it 'for free.' Labels dont make money with selling metal music anymore. like it or not.. Piracy killed Roadrunner.
    piracy didn't kill roadrunner, signing shit bands like nickleback killed roadrunner.
    haygoe
    Mack888 wrote: haygoe wrote: haha Prick! Let's not forget Rush now. Any idea if this will affect Clockwork Angels release? Either way, it's a helluva shame!
    Im a prick cuz i think something is funny wow! Also only bands that are good are slipknot and Halestorm
    shadowal24
    Before you know it bands will have no choice and have to sign on with lil Wayne. Jump on the band wagon!