Well it’s official; my future self aka Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has signed to Glassnote Records. The label, which is home to acts like Mumford & Sons, is distributed by Sony’s RED distribution division, the company that also distributes OFWGKTA & Odd Future Records. It seems that Glassnote, which was founded in 2007, is a small independent label with a recent track record of success. The label released the indie band Phoenix’ Grammy-winning album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”, in addition to seeing Mumford & Sons’ 2009 album “Sign No More” peak at #2 on the US and UK album charts. With those recent successes, it is clear that Glover has signed to a label that can foster both critical acclaim and sales success. With the rise in popularity of free independent music, it seems that artists are able to transition free-music popularity into deals with smaller and more focused labels that in turn use major labels to distribute the work. This is an interesting development, and it will be interesting to see how this changes the music industry landscape.
“The biggest compliment I can give the album right now is it’s worthy of being on Glassnote,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I love Glassnote’s stuff, and he [Daniel Glass] was like, ‘We can do anything with this album if the album’s good.’”- Donald Glover Rolling Stone
Childish Gambino’s new album Camp will debut November 1, 2011.