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Torres says she was dropped by 4AD “for not being commercially successful”

Torres (photo by Ashley Connor)
Torres (photo by Ashley Connor)

After self-releasing her 2013 self-titled debut and signing to Partisan for 2015’s Sprinter, Torres signed to the huge indie label 4AD for last year’s great, art rock-leaning Three Futures. She had been signed to the label for a three album deal, but she now tweeted that the label dropped her “for not being commercially successful enough.” She added, “I wish them all the best. Also, fuck the music industry. Xo, Mackenzie.”

A few fellow musicians showed Torres support. Past tourmates Tegan & Sara replied, “I stood side stage, inspired every single night on tour together. You’re one of my favorite artists and performers.” Geoff Barrow of Portishead wrote, “Sorry to hear. But record companies are businesses if they don’t make money they go bankrupt unless they are funded by posh boys. You have a loyal fan base, connect with them. Go back to basics. I know a lot of bands who have done it and been more financially secure.” Hether Fortune of Wax Idols said, “Fly solo baby ! You can do it! Fuck em all!” The Blow wrote, “It’s not a very creative place.” Shamir, who used to be signed to XL (which, like 4AD, is part of the Beggars Group), said, “LMFAO oh Beggars…… #yourebetteroff”

We reached out to 4AD who said they have no comment at this time.

See tweets from Torres and some of the replies below:

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