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Suckz. No wonder the RIAA is so *****y with all the pirating going on. But the times are changing.
i hope so
From what I've heard about recent bands, they usually get paid $50,000 (for themselves) per member for a 15-20 city tour, not counting album sales. The music industry isn't as bad as described in that article, but recording labels do get too huge of a profit.
So, in that case the hell with the labels. From what I've seen, Radiohead and NIN are paving the way for a new means of distribution that could do away with the dinosaurs currently controlling the music industry. The good news is that once we find a tried and true way of getting music to the people via the internet, there won't be much of a reason to keep paying the big guys so much.
They're not paving the way, they were already huge thanks to marketing money from record companies to get them off the ground.Quote:
Originally Posted by Kold Kalamity
When a band gets starts small online and gets huge without influence from a record company, then they'll have achieved something impressive.
Yeah, but giving away music free and expecting fans to buy it on vinyl or CD isn't going to work well in the end. Radiohead and NIN are popular well-known classic bands, so fans will support them for trying out new methods of distributing music (props to Reznor for releasing The Slip in FLAC for free), but bands aren't going to make much money using their methods. Plus they'll need to invest thousands upon thousands of dollars to even try to make it in the music industry. Without a label to invest money for them for equipment, to advertise, for touring, and having people with connections to big names in the industry, most bands will be lucky to sell a single copy of an album to the public.
I wasn't explicitly saying that the Radiohead and NIN methods are necessarily the way things should be, but at least they are showing that there can be something done in that direction, i.e. through free or varying prices for distribution-you can get more consumer input than traditional means. Radiohead's current management reported that the band made much more than they ever would've at any label after their release of In Rainbows.
As for NIN, I doubt that Trent's fanbase would necessarily grow much larger because of his free album, but it's definitely something new. He doesn't even need to advertise. Fans might keep coming back to his site for more free stuff and he can upload some stuff for pay at the same time. Right there he avoided having to pay for a PR team (that is if he knows what he's doing).
But you never truly know, like Ciaran_ said, until we can get some bands that can not only make a name for themselves, but also make more money via some other means rather than going to a major label, then there's when we can say there's a new method for distributing music.