Independent Artists and Artists Who've Never Been Signed to a Major Record Label
A compendium of artists who have never been signed to a major record label or have own released music on their own record label. The definition of what makes and artist an independent artist varies. Some define an independent artist as someone who avoids record contracts altogether. Others define an independent artist as one relies solely on themselves for financial backing. The music industry itself defines an independent artist if the artist is not signed to one of the three major labels - Sony, Warner or Universal - and defines a major label as one that has more than 5% market share. All other labels are considered indie labels.