Wind-up Records was a label from New York. It was founded in 1997 when Alan and Diana Meltzer bought Grass Records. This label's works are distributed in the world by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, except of Canada, where the company is Wind-up Entertainment Canada, Inc., and the distributor is Warner Music Canada. Wind-up is the biggest independent label in the world. The company's slogan is "Developing Career Artists".
On 13th Januray, 2009, Sony Music Entertainment issues a press release telling it has incorporated Wind-Up Records. On September 2009 the world distribution is given to the EMI, excluding North America.
Wind-Up Records was Evanescence's record label for their three studio albums. The company signed a contract with Evanescence in 2001 after listening to songs from Origin (album published by Bigwig Enterprises, the former band's label) and other demos. Since then, nearly all of the Evanescence releases have been published under this label. Wind-Up published and distributed many of the singles (except for "Imaginary" and "Weight of the World", both which were published by Sony for the purpose of radio-promotion).
Wind-Up Records also published the soundtracks featuring Evanescence: Daredevil: The Album (track #9 - Bring Me To Life and track #17 -My Immortal, 2003) and Elektra: The Album (track #8 - Breathe No More, 2005).
Amy Lee published, under this label, a non-Evanescence track in The Punisher: The Album (track #5 - Broken, 2004) along with Seether. The others Amy's solo publications are released under Walt Disney Records.
The band's contract ended as soon as their back catalogue was bought by The Bicycle Music Company in October 2013. In March 2014, Amy announced on Twitter that she and the band were free from the record deal, thus making them independent artists. Back in January she sued Wind-Up Records for at least $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds. She also alleged in her lawsuit that the company attempted to sabotage Evanescence's career by assigning them to under-qualified promotion executives who lacked fresh ideas on how to market and promote the group.
The label is known for scrapping the original version of Evanescence's self-titled third album, originally produced by Steve Lillywhite in 2010. Only three songs fully reworked from the original project ended up on the final album. This rejection led Amy to write a few songs on the album about her frustration with Wind-up, such as "Sick" and "A New Way to Bleed". Her frustration with them dates back to The Open Door era when they wanted her to scrap the whole album because they didn't hear any "hits". Encouraged by her father, she won the label over in the second meeting and the album was then green-lighted.
- Christman, Ed (October 31, 2013). "Bicycle Music Acquires Wind-Up Records' Back Catalog, Cuts Deal with Concord Music Group (Exclusive)". Billboard.
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- "Interview with DIANA MELTZER, A&R; at Wind-up Records for Creed, Evanescence". Hit Quarters. July 7, 2003. Archived from the original on September 8, 2011.
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- "'Evanescence' Singer Sues -- Our Very Own Label is Our Worst Enemy". January 3, 2014. TMZ.
- "EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Releases Cover Version Of CHRIS ISAAK's 'Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing'". December 15, 2015. Blabbermouth.net.
- "Daddy Lee's Evanescence article: Waiting for the door to open". December 7, 2006. EvBoard.