Immortal Records

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Immortal Records
Immortal Records logo.jpeg
Founded1991 (1991)
FounderHappy Walters, Amanda Scheer Demme
Defunct2007
StatusDefunct
Distributor(s)
GenrePunk, alternative rock, alternative metal, hip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California

Immortal Records was an American independent record label/imprint label based in Los Angeles, California.[1] The company helped launch the careers of such influential acts as Korn, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and Incubus over the years. The label had also released soundtracks, including Judgment Night, Spawn, Blade II and Masters of Horror. It was distributed by various labels, including Epic, Virgin and RED Distribution.[2]

History[edit]

1991—1999: Founding and Epic years[edit]

Immortal Records was founded in 1991 by Amanda Scheer Demme and Happy Walters. Shortly after its inception, the label signed a three-year deal with Epic Records. The label also renewed its contract with the label in 1994 for two years further.[3]

In 1997, following the expiration of their two-year renewal Epic re-signed a new five-year deal with the label worth $35 million. The deal granted the label, more creative freedoms, and around this time the label grew its staff from 15 to 20 employees.[3]

However, in 1998 the head of Epic, Richard Griffiths, was fired from his position, and relations between Epic and Immortal began to sour. They eventually agreed to separate, with Epic retaining the rights to Korn and Incubus.[4]

1999—2003: Virgin years[edit]

In September 1999, Immortal signed a five-year deal with Virgin Records America. Virgin's deal with the label was intended to help the label gain new rock acts.[5] The first signing under the new deal was punk rock band U.S. Crush.[4] The deal was severed in late 2002 after the exits of the executives who signed the label's 1999 distribution deal. Virgin kept Thirty Seconds To Mars on the label.[6]

2003—2007: RED Distribution and final years[edit]

In August 2003, Immortal signed a deal with RED Distribution.[6]

Closure[edit]

The company ceased operations in December 2007.[7] Despite this, its name was still used on albums by Incubus and Thirty Seconds To Mars after the label's closure.

Discography[edit]

Distributor Year Release Date Artist / Band Album Billboard 200 Position RIAA Certifications
Epic 1993 May 4, 1993 Funkdoobiest Which Doobie U B? #56[8]
September 14, 1993 Various Artists Judgement Night soundtrack #17[9] US: Gold
1994 July 12, 1994 April's Motel Room Black 14
RCA April 26, 1994 Volume 10 Hip-Hopera
Epic October 4, 1994 Various Artists Love and a .45 soundtrack
October 11, 1994 Korn Korn #72[10] US: 2× Platinum
November 15, 1994 Various Artists B-Ball's Best Kept Secret
1995 July 4, 1995 Funkdoobiest Brothas Doobie #115[8]
October 31, 1995 Various Artists The Next Chapter: Strictly Underground
1996 April 3, 1996 Far Tin Cans With Strings To You
August 20, 1996 The Urge Receiving The Gift of Flavour
October 15, 1996 Korn Life Is Peachy #3[10] US: 2× Platinum
1997 January 7, 1997 Incubus Enjoy Incubus (EP)
July 29, 1997 Various Artists Spawn: The Album #7[11] US: Gold
September 9, 1997 Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E. US: Gold
1998 March 10, 1998 Far Water & Solutions
April 21, 1998 The Urge Master of Styles #111[12]
August 18, 1998 Korn Follow The Leader #1[10] US: 5× Platinum
September 8, 1998 Bare Jr. Boo-Tay
October 13, 1998 Various Artists Slam: The Soundtrack #84[11]
Goodness Anthem
1999 March 30, 1999 Various Artists Family Values Tour '98 #7 US: Gold
October 26, 1999 Incubus Make Yourself #47[13] US: 2× Platinum
November 16, 1999 Korn Issues #1[10] US: 3× Platinum
Virgin 2000 July 18, 2000 The Urge Too Much Stereo #200[12]
October 10, 2000 Bare Jr. Brainwasher
November 7, 2000 Snot Strait Up #56
2001 April 11, 2001 U.S. Crush U.S. Crush
July 3, 2001 Various Artists Kiss of the Dragon soundtrack
August 14, 2001 No One No One
Epic October 23, 2001 Incubus Morning View #2[13] US: 2× Platinum
Virgin November 9, 2001 Transmatic Transmatic
2002 February 26, 2002 Switched Subject To Change
March 19, 2002 Various Artists Blade II soundtrack #26[14]
Epic June 11, 2002 Korn Untouchables #2[10] US: Platinum
Virgin August 27, 2002 Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars #107[15]
RED 2003 May 20, 2003 7th Standard Fire From the Sky
November 11, 2003 Various Artists A Santa Cause: It's a Punk

Rock Christmas Volume 1

Epic November 21, 2003 Korn Take A Look In The Mirror #9[10] US: Platinum
2004 February 3, 2004 Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder... #2[13]
October 5, 2004 Korn Greatest Hits Vol. 1 #4[10]
RED October 19, 2004 Mix Master Mike Bangzilla
2005 February 8, 2005 Scary Kids Scaring Kids After Dark (EP)
March 22, 2005 A Change of Pace An Offer You Can't Refuse
May 10, 2005 Walking Ashland Composure
June 28, 2005 Scary Kids Scaring Kids The City Sleeps in Flames
Virgin August 30, 2005 Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie #36[15]
RED October 18, 2005 Various Artists Masters of Horror soundtrack
Epic 2006 May 9, 2006 Korn Live & Rare
RED June 13, 2006 Walking Ashland Telescopes (EP)
thebleedingalarm Beauty In Destruction
June 20, 2006 Agent Sparks Red Rover
July 11, 2006 The Finals Plan Your Getaway
August 15, 2006 A Change Of Pace Prepare The Masses
August 22, 2006 Deadsy Phantasmagore #176[16]
October 3, 2006 Brazil The Philosophy of Velocity
Epic November 24, 2006 Incubus Light Grenades #1[13] US: Gold
RED December 5, 2006 Various Artists A Santa Cause: It's a Punk

Rock Christmas Volume 2

2007 March 20, 2007 Hot Rod Circuit The Underground Is a Dying Breed
April 3, 2007 Tyler Read Only Rock and Roll Can Save Us Now
April 17, 2007 Walking Ashland The Well
August 21, 2007 Adema Kill the Headlights
August 28, 2007 Scary Kids Scaring Kids Scary Kids Scaring Kids #80[17]
Epic 2009 June 16, 2009 Incubus Monuments and Melodies #5[13] US: Gold
Virgin December 8, 2009 Thirty Seconds To Mars This Is War #19[15] US: Gold
Epic 2011 July 12, 2011 Incubus If Not Now, When? #2[13]
Virgin 2013 May 17, 2013 Thirty Seconds To Mars Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams #6[15]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard" (PDF). Worldradiohistory.com. April 19, 1997. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. August 2, 2003.
  3. ^ a b Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 19, 1997.
  4. ^ a b Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 4, 1999.
  5. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 23, 2001.
  6. ^ a b Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. August 2, 2003.
  7. ^ "Immortal Records ceases operations". Punknews.org. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Funkdoobiest". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  9. ^ "Judgment Night / Soundtrack". Billboard.elpee.jp. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Korn". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  11. ^ a b "Soundtrack : Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  12. ^ a b "The Urge". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Incubus". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  14. ^ "'Blade' Soundtrack Wields Wu-Tang Members". Billboard.com. November 5, 2004. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  15. ^ a b c d "Thirty Seconds To Mars". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "Deadsy". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  17. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids / Scary Kids Scaring Kids". Billboard.elpee.jp. Retrieved April 3, 2022.

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