Monday, June 02, 2008

You Can Go Your Own Way; Tori Amos Leaves Epic Records

Taking a page from the Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails rule book, Tori Amos has decided not to renew her contract with Epic Records and will, from here on out, release her own music projects in her own way, on her own terms as she sees fit. I first heard that Tori left Epic on one of the Tori Amos mailing lists I subscribe to but Billboard magazine has finally sorted out the deets:

Tori Amos has ended her tenure with Epic Records and "has chosen the path of independence for her next work," according to her manager. "As with many of her contemporaries, Tori is devising new and exciting ways of getting her music to the masses without the boundaries and limitations of the major music companies," manager John Witherspoon tells Billboard's Ask Billboard column. Amos' next album, due in spring 2009, will be "a project of new music and visuals which is being started in the summer," he says. Amos is also writing a musical for the British National Theater, "The Light Princess," and in July will unveil a graphic novel, "Comic Book Tattoo," based on her catalog. Amos recorded for Atlantic from 1992 to 2001 before signing with Epic. Her last album for that label was 2007's "American Doll Posse."

Woot! This is amazing news! I love that Tori will be releasing her own music in her own way from now on. The thought of Tori blessing us with a new track or two whenever her heart desires is very exciting. To be fair, I really liked the way that Epic Records treated Tori when she was with them (ever so briefly and as opposed to the way that Atlantic treated her near the end of her contract with them) but I think this new venture will work out best for both her and her fans. I can only imagine how new material will be distributed to us (and how soon) but I'll be on pins and needles until we start to hear from Tori again :) [Source]

UPDATE: Tori Amos has posted an official statement regarding her parting ways with Epic Records on her official site

a message from tori...

On parting ways with Epic/Sony and heading in the indie direction:

"This is an exciting time. There will be many ways in the present and in the future for artists to cross what has become the new unchartered Music Frontier. Ways that may seem impossible today but in a months time will seem probable. There are many ways to be involved in a structure. But what kind of structure will it be and what will be the make up of its foundation? These are important questions, so important that I've been observing many different working templates in the music business for years now. The key word here is the word "working." In some cases these structures do not work positively for some artists. Only for those who have designed the system to specifically "work" for the corporate few. Artists need not fear structure, we just have to design and partner with expansive ideas. It is time for us as artists to stop being dependent, dependent on any system that has become undependable. Only then can we help to create a new system that propagates and secures independence for each creator."

Again, I fully trust that Tori Amos will make the most of this new venture and I eagerly await the coming of the new music.