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Pink Slipped: The 7 Best Artists to Be Dropped from Their Label

Once upon a time, record labels were the most important thing to an artist who chose to work within the music industry. They could make or break anyone, and even world-renowned artists knelt at the feet of their masters.

Getting dropped from a label was, at one time, a death sentence. Even today many bands don't survive it, especially if they've been on a major label for a while and are suddenly forced to go indie again.

Some just give up the dream. Others have utilized new ways to sell their brand without a label. No matter the result of the dropping, though, here are the best artists whose labels have chosen to turn their backs on them.

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