About a hundred retailers who made less than $10,000 with Warner Music's distribution and marketing arm WEA last year have had their accounts axed from the company. Stores with direct accounts with WEA require a minimum $10,000 annual sales according to an existing policy - which means small record stores may be in trouble.

"WEA proudly supports hundreds of independent vinyl retailers across the country with direct distribution, and many more through other channels. Last week, in accordance with our long-time policy, we recommended that a limited number of retailers would be better served by working with one of the many vinyl wholesale partners that carry all of our artists’ releases," a rep said. But small businesses that can't afford to order directly from WEA will have to order through intermediaries, which can make things a whole lot more expensive.