Brooklyn-via-Nashville musician Mackenzie Scott (aka TORRES) says that she was dropped by her label, 4AD, “for not being commercially successful enough.”
The singer has released three studio albums: her self-titled debut album was released independently, 2015’s Sprinter was released by Partisan Records and last year’s Three Futures was released by 4AD.
On Monday, TORRES tweeted that 4AD had dropped her from her three-album deal for lack of commercial success. Though she wished the label the best, she signed off with “fuck the music industry.”
My former label, @4AD_Official, has decided to drop me from a 3 album deal for not being commercially successful enough. I wish them all the best. Also, fuck the music industry. Xo, Mackenzie— TORRES (@torreslovesyou) April 16, 2018
Many fellow artists have reached out to TORRES to offer their support, including Tegan and Sara, Rituals Of Mine and Geoff Barrow of Portishead.
I stood side stage, inspired every single night on tour together. You're one of my favorite artists and performers. ??— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) April 17, 2018
GIRL, I FEEL YOU. I was told by a Warner Bros. Records executive that women have a “shelf life” and once they reach 26, they don't stand a chance of “making it”. When I asked what a man's shelf life was, he replied “they don't have one”.— Rituals of Mine (@RitualsofMine) April 17, 2018
Sorry to hear
But Record companies are businesses if they don't make money they go bankrupt unless they are funded by posh boys.
You have a loyal fan base ,connect with them Go back to basics I know a lot of bands who have done it and been more financially secure.— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) April 17, 2018
Other music industry figures have voiced their support while questioning the nature of these album deals, like Father Daughter Records.
labels – why are you signing artists to 3 album deals if you aren't willing to invest in them long term???— Father/Daughter Records (@father_daughter) April 16, 2018
4AD have not formally commented on the matter and TORRES is still currently listed on the label’s website.
Revisit Paste’s review of her latest album Three Futures here and watch a Paste Cloud performance from TORRES in 2015 below.