Katy Perry has tackled a lot of things in her four short years in the business: She's had two successful albums, an unsuccessful marriage to Russell Brand and she's about to hit the big screen with her 3D concert movie "Part of Me."
Now, the colorful singer is planning to tackle the behind-the-scenes part of the music industry by creating her own record label, likely under the EMI/Capitol Records umbrella.
"When this record label does come to fruition," the singer said of the yet-to-be-named label. "I'm going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success. As people are coming to me with opportunities, I'm thinking, 'How would I want to be treated?'"
Perry might think she knows what it takes to run a label, but she might want to pick the brains of some other musicians with labels.
Perry's "ET" duet partner Kanye West launched his record label, G.O.O.D. Music in 2004. The label - an acronym for "Getting Out Our Dreams" - is under the Def Jam and Mercury umbrella and boasts a roaster that includes Jon Legend, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Pusha T and Q-Tip. Rapper Common was also under the G.O.O.D. umbrella until 2010.
West joined his labelmates on stage at the 2012 BET Awards to perform "Mercy."
Iconic musician Prince famously changed his name to the unpronounceable symbol in the '90s during a dispute with his former record label, Warner Bros.
"The first step I have taken toward the ultimate goal of emancipation from the chains that bind me to Warner Bros. was to change my name from Prince to the Love Symbol," he said in 1993. "Prince is the name that my mother gave me at birth. Warner Bros. took the name, trademarked it, and used it as the main marketing tool to promote all of the music that I wrote."
They eventually let him out and he's bumped around to a few different labels since. Now, he releases music on his NPG Music Club record label.
Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the music scene in the mid 2000's with her debut single "Redneck Woman" on Columbia Records. She parted ways with the label in 2009 and launched her own label, the aptly titled Redneck Records.
"My management and I looked at a lot of different options over the last couple of months, and starting Redneck Records made the most sense to continue the relationships I've built with radio, retail and the fans," Wilson said at the time. "This is a really exciting time in my life, and I'm looking forward to everyone hearing my new music."
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