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I'm an artist who put out a debut pop record last year that did relatively well. It sold enough to put me in the black and ended up with a good deal of great press. However, when I signed my initial deal I was relatively unknown and signed to a small subsidiary of a UK label with options for more records. Since then the smaller subsidiary is dissolving and the larger label would like to take me on. Lots of this is good, I enjoy working with the label people for the most part and I know they will go to bat for me. However, I don't feel like I especially fit in with the roster on this larger label and there is a part of me that would like to use this opportunity to find an even larger worldwide label with more reach and artists I feel akin to. Do I stick with the people I have a decent working relationship with or do I take the risk of jumping ship?
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