Rostrum Records

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Rostrum Records
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Founded 2003
Founder Benjy Grinberg
Status Active
Distributor(s) Fontana Distribution
Genre Hip hop, indie pop
Country of origin United States
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Official website www.rostrumrecords.com

Rostrum Records is an independent record label, founded in 2003 by Benjy Grinberg in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Grinberg is president of the label, which currently has eight artists on its roster: Wiz Khalifa, Mod Sun, The Bird and the Bee, Donora, TeamMate, Vali, Boaz, and Goodbye Tomorrow. Rostrum has sold millions of albums and singles through its deal with Atlantic Records and Wiz Khalifa.

History[edit]

Rostrum released the first independent album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart since 1995 with Mac Miller’s “Blue Slide Park.” Creative digital strategy and a heavy touring philosophy resulted in building a rabid following for Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. The result of Rostrum's efforts were strong social media presences, hundreds of thousands of concert tickets sold, and over half a billion views on both of their YouTube channels.[1] Wiz Khalifa had his first Billboard Hot 100 #1 single with "Black and Yellow" in February 2011. In 2011, the label released Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers and Mac & Devin Go to High School, the latter being a collaborative album with Snoop Dogg, as well as Wiz Khalifa's ONIFC in December 2012. The label was named one of Vibe magazine's "Top 5 Labels to Watch in 2012" and XXL magazine's "Top Rising Indie Label in 2011".[2] Grinberg was named #23 on The Source magazine's annual Power 30 list in its September 2011 issue.

In 2013, Rostrum Records signed Victorious' Leon Thomas III to the label.[3] On January 14, 2014 Mac Miller and Rostrum Records parted ways, as his original deal with the label had ended.[4] With the departure of Mac Miller, and Wiz Khalifa in a joint deal with Atlantic, Rostrum moved into a new phase of operations to expand their roster. In 2014 and 2015 respectively, Rostrum announced the signing of Minnesota rapper Mod Sun and LA indie-pop duo The Bird and the Bee.[5] Rostrum Records released Mod Sun's debut studio album "Look Up" on March 10, 2015 and The Bird and the Bee's first album of original material since 2009 entitled Recreational Love on July 17, 2015.[6][7]

Roster[edit]

Act Studio
albums
Year
signed
Wiz Khalifa 4 2005
Donora 2 2008
Boaz 1 2012
Vali 0 2012
Mod Sun 1 2014
The Bird and the Bee 1 2015
Goodbye Tomorrow 1 2015
TeamMate 2 2015

Former artists[edit]

Act Studio
albums
Year
signed
Mac Miller 3 2010
Leon Thomas III 2013

Releases[edit]

Studio albums
EPs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rostrum Records About". 
  2. ^ "The Top 5 Hip-Hop Record Labels to Watch in 2012". Vibe. 
  3. ^ "10 Fun Facts About the Next Wave of Rostrum Records Artists - MTV Hive". MTV Hive. 
  4. ^ Kyle Kramer. "Mac Miller Announces He's Leaving Rostrum Records". Complex. 
  5. ^ Scott Mervis. "Rostrum Records is ready to grow". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  6. ^ Scott Mervis. "Mod Sun pours out a positive 'Hippie Hop' vibe on Rostrum debut". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  7. ^ Natasha Aftandilians. "The Bird and the Bee Recreational Love". Under The Radar Mag. 

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