Gayle wrote:For me, the gossimer veil of record companydom was dropped years ago. They are bastards, the lot of them. And it is ALL about money - money and product. It has nothing to do with music or the artist, and they make that quite clear. (Hence the mixed feelings about FotC getting signed. One hand: Happy for their success; Other hand: Concerned for their happiness.
I've known so many talented musicians get lost in the shuffle because the company didn't know how to market them, or the music was too new and they weren't willing to risk signing anything other than a new boy band or... Wambi, straight from a mould. It's sad. In the 60's and part of the 70's the music industry was more about trying something new and producing original sounds and artists, though not entirely, of course. Then in the 80's everything shifted.
Record producers get richer and the music gets poorer.
Kate wrote:*fingers crossed, and good thoughts always for both of them*
Sherry wrote:The way forward
I've just read an article online about CD sales in Australia this holiday season. Read it HERE. Its the last part that interests me the most though.
Apple's Steve Jobs recently levelled caustic criticism at the major labels, claiming that their greed in reaping the benefits of downloading had forced the company to raise the prices on its iTunes service.
Of course the labels scoffed at such a suggestion.
There is no doubt the way labels and artists deliver their music to the consumer has to undergo radical and immediate change for all parties to benefit.
The smart artists will develop their own online delivery systems via their own websites to reap the benefits of their creative endeavours - and communicate with their fans - directly.
There is a large chunk of my thinking now that would be very happy to see the guys go down the route of online music via their own site, rather than sign a deal with a label. Its not about the 'selling out' aspect. Far from that, just the fact the guys creative control would be totally their own. How they choose to market themselves, promote themselves or not, whatever they choose to do, they can share it direct and remain closer to their fan base. They are not musicians in the sense of things. They do comedy with music, or is that music with comedy. They are considered, as F o TC to be comedians Why not take the possibilities of the internet and go with it. Record labels need to move with the times and the more acts that embrace the changing times, the better. Here is one fan who would welcome and support such changes.
Johnnyp wrote:Then there's always this oooops by Sony that makes consumers even a little more miffed
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