Grimes has parted ways with Columbia Records

Grimes has reportedly left Columbia Records, two years after signing with them.


The experimental alt-pop star has released two singles with the label, a subsidiary of Sony, since she signed in March 2021: ‘Player Of Games’ and ‘Shinigami Eyes’.

In September last year, the Canadian artist, who has two children with Elon Musk, teased the follow-up to her 2020 album Miss Anthropocene, which was released via her former label 4AD.

“I have 20 songs so maybe BOOK 1 and BOOK 2? Deciding format / tracklist,” she tweeted at the time.


Today’s news first arrived via Billboard, who cited Grimes’ manager Daouda Leonard as their source confirming the announcement.

Earlier this week, Grimes kicked up an inevitable AI-centric storm by saying she’d be more than willing for people to use artificial intelligence technology to create music in her likeness.

She even declared she’d be willing to split the royalties 50/50 with the creator of any such track that was successful; “same deal as I would with any artist I collab with,” she said, “I have no label and no legal bindings.”

It’s not clear whether her move to weigh-in on the AI debate was behind her recent parting with her label. Nor is it clear whether she’ll be releasing forthcoming music as an independent or find a new label home.

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