Definition of white label in US English:

white label

noun

  • A vinyl record which is supplied with a plain white label before general release for promotional purposes.

    • ‘If you look closely, you can see them scouring second-hand stores, looking for buried treasure, scurrying from one specialty store to another, or muttering amongst themselves about imports and white labels.’
    • ‘Which means that all of us who aren't prowling Manhattan's East Village for white labels will have the pleasure of the Princess' company.’
    • ‘He has a regular slot as a DJ at the local club and regularly boasts about the number of white labels that he has.’
    • ‘Plus business and legal advice and information on how to get your EP or white label into the shops’
    • ‘Well, at least when they're not listening to white labels or reading Kierkegaard dissertations.’
    • ‘Word has it this cutie was doing sizeable damage as a limited white label at the tail end of last year.’
    • ‘Following Skinner's development of a hugely original style, cool garage label Locked On put out 1,000 white labels and DJs such as Gilles Petersen went absolutely bananas.’
    • ‘I'm preparing for the very large and apparently very popular gig tonight by revisiting my UKG compilation CD's and white labels.’
    • ‘Grime entrepreneurialism has kept strictly yardish and short-term, based on white labels and appearances at raves.’
    • ‘We're still doing mixtapes and white labels all the time.’
    • ‘A track from this will appear on 7inch single on the white label alongside Ann Shenton, and Kings Have Long Arms.’
    • ‘Now, he is concentrating his energies on hip-hop, producing his own videos, distributing white labels, mixtapes and founding his Illa State label.’
    • ‘Rob's first release was a self released white label entitled M.N.F for U.S consumption.’
    • ‘‘Little Man’ had the overhaul from UK garage star Wookie and sold 10,000 white labels to the dance music underground.’
    • ‘I remember when it was just a few white labels and look now!’
    • ‘And it's why they are more likely to hear The Who or White Stripes than the latest achingly chic techno white label, all topped off with ‘silent fireworks’ and various other rock-show trimmings.’
    • ‘Just ask John Peel who included a white label of the album in his record box at the turn of the year as well as providing substantial support and airplay.’
    • ‘Many producers bring white labels of their latest tunes fresh from the pressing plant and sell them exclusively at Rhythm Division before distributing them elsewhere.’
    • ‘I was making white labels then, a mix of reggae and hip-hop.’
    • ‘What you get when you buy ‘Nordic Days‘is a collection of new tracks, b-sides, remixes and white labels.’
    • ‘We'd done our release - the white label - on July 14th 1989 and then we remixed the track off that EP and brought that out in November of 1989.’
    • ‘A place where limited editions, white labels, one-offs and addresses on the backs of hands congregate to explode the myth of monoculture.’
    • ‘I showcased at The Cobden Club, celebrating the release of my white label - a cover of Joe Jackson's ‘Steppin Out’.’
    • ‘Music makers were encouraged via the website to send in their demos and white labels to Radio 1 for the opportunity to be played on the station.’
    • ‘Each of the white labels issued generated some slight interest in the track.’
    • ‘But its foray didn't gain traction in the face of competition from the fleet-footed white labels.’