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Parent company
Concord Bicycle Music

New York City

March 1997

Parent organization
Wind-Up Records LLC

Country of origin
United States

Official website

Edward Vetri (Jan 2003–)

Wind-up Records httpslh3googleusercontentcomveoakSU5NyMAAA

Bertelsmann Music Group (1997-2004) Sony BMG (2004-2008) Sony Music Entertainment (2008-2015) Universal Music Group (2015-present)

various; focus on rock music

New York City, New York, United States

Diana Meltzer, Alan Meltzer

Evanescence, Amy Lee, Seether, Ben Moody, Creed

Fallen, The Open Door, Anywhere but Home, Evanescence, Human Clay


Wind-up Entertainment, Inc. is an American record label founded by Alan and Diana Meltzer in 1997. It is based in New York City and is distributed by Universal Music Group. Wind-up's best-selling artists worldwide were Creed and Evanescence.



Wind-up Records was formed in 1997 by Alan Meltzer, former owner of CD One Stop, and his wife Diana Meltzer, following their 1996 purchase of Grass Records. Wind-up at one point was the largest independently owned record label in the world. The parent company Wind-up Entertainment also runs numerous publishing companies as well as a full-scale retail, online and tour merchandising company. The company's slogan is "Developing Career Artists".

Some of the successful acts on the label included Creed, Evanescence, Seether and Finger Eleven. The label has also re-released albums from bands previously associated with Grass Records, such as Toadies, The Wrens and Commander Venus.

The label's current roster includes Civil Twilight, Jillette Johnson, The Griswolds, The Virginmarys, Young Guns, Strange Talk, The Revivalists, Five For Fighting, Crobot, Filter, SPEAK, Genevieve and Aranda.

In September 2009, the label reached an agreement with EMI Music Germany and in February 2011 with EMI Music Canada. The partnership has seen EMI Music take over the marketing and distribution of artists such as Creed, Evanescence, Seether and Finger Eleven throughout the world outside of the US.

In Canada, distribution was initially with Sony Music Canada as was the distribution in the United States. However, in October 2004, distribution in Canada switched over to Warner Music Canada with the creation of Wind-up Entertainment Canada. Distribution in Canada moved again, for a third time in February 2011, this time to EMI Music Canada.

On October 31, 2011, the label's founder, Alan Meltzer, died at the age of 67.

In 2012, Universal Music Group acquired the EMI music operations, while Sony/ATV acquired EMI Music Publishing, making the distribution in Canada solely distributed by Universal Music Group.

In October 2013, the Bicycle Music Company bought the rights to much of Wind-Up's back catalogue, including the contracts to acts such as Seether. These artists will be distributed by the Concord Music Group. In May 2015, Concord Bicycle Music bought the rest of the Wind-Up label.

Current artists

Accurate according to Wind-up's website as of November 25, 2013.

  • Allday
  • Aranda
  • CFO$
  • Civil Twilight
  • Citizen Zero
  • Crobot
  • Eclypse Records
  • Feenixpawl
  • Filter
  • Five For Fighting
  • Genevieve
  • Jillette Johnson
  • The Revivalists
  • Spirit Animal
  • Ryan Star
  • Strange Talk
  • The Griswolds
  • Young Guns
  • The Virginmarys
  • Previous artists

  • 12 Stones
  • Alter Bridge
  • American Pearl
  • Atomship
  • Baboon
  • Bayside
  • Ben Moody
  • Big Dismal
  • Bob Guiney
  • Boy Hits Car
  • Boysetsfire
  • Breaking Point
  • Bridget
  • Cartel
  • Cauterize
  • Company of Thieves
  • The Crash Motive
  • Creed
  • The Darkness
  • The Drowners
  • Drowning Pool
  • Dust for Life
  • Edgewater
  • Emily Osment
  • Evanescence
  • The Exit
  • Finger Eleven
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • It's Alive
  • James Durbin
  • Jeremy Fisher
  • Julia Darling
  • Megan McCauley
  • Midnight Cinema
  • Must
  • O.A.R.
  • Papercut Massacre
  • People in Planes
  • Pilot Speed
  • Pollen
  • Push Play
  • The Queen Killing Kings
  • Scott Stapp
  • Seether
  • Seven Wiser
  • Slowpoke
  • Stars of Track and Field
  • Stefy
  • Stereo Fuse
  • Strata
  • Stretch Princess
  • Submersed
  • Tickle Me Pink
  • Thriving Ivory
  • Trickside
  • The Wrens
  • Soundtracks

  • 1080° Avalanche (video game)
  • Daredevil: The Album
  • Elektra: The Album
  • Fantastic 4: The Album
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • The Punisher: The Album
  • Scream 3: The Album
  • Walk the Line: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • References

    Wind-up Records Wikipedia

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