"The Artist Formerly Found In Music Stores"
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores. And I say that to all the other artists who may be tempted to dally with the Mail on Sunday.Now an artist like Prince, who owns the rights to everything he produces these days, certainly has the freedom, not to mention the clout, to do whatever he wants with his material. And whichever major label he uses for distribution should just be damn glad that they even get to ride the Prince gravy train. So what motivation does the industry have to threaten the purple one. Well...greed is certainly a factor, but perhaps the desire to send a message to other artists is the bigger motivation.
Consider that, unlike any other industry save for Big Oil, the music industry is in complete control of the production chain, from creation through final sale, and any effort to put control back in the hands of the artists is a grave threat. Look at the industry's battle against peer-to-peer. Think it's all about piracy eroding industry profits? Think again. The wholesale assault on peer-to-peer is about shutting down a distribution technology that would free artists from the major labels. And so Prince's attempt to wet his fan's appetites doesn't threaten the industry because they might loose a few sales. It threatens them because it might become a model for advertising--a mechanism of visibility--that the industry doesn't control--Promotion without payola.
Nice post too!
Not sure what the details of this are, or why the record company is in such a snit, but freebies have long been a mainstay of band promotion-- stickers, singles, CD's, and such, usually at live shows or to radio stations that later distribute the stuff.
My old drummer had a brother-in-law that worked for Virgin in LA, and part of this guy's job was to fly around to shows and pass out the freebies. We would get phone cards with the logos of bands that hadn't been released yet on them and such.
I 'm inclined to think that it's something about the Mail in particular that they're upset with.
But you're right in principle about the distributions. Fewer distributors than record companies.
My homeboy knows what he's doing.
By that I mean a national boycott of all cd's, dvd's, tapes etc... etc...
I remember back when I use to buy music I ended up buying an album for only one or two tracks I actually liked.
With each new technology advance I would have to repurchase the same music but in its new format.
So how many times have you had too do the same?
The internet is a wonderful thing and it will be under attack for content traded or even the passing of ideas and thoughts as many of us do now.
I fear that the Government will attempt to stop dissent over the internet as it has pretty much done in the MSM now.
How soon before they shut us down under the excuse we give aid and comfort to the enemy?
It may be sooner than we think so we have too get the message out to the rest of the world we are not our Government. We do not condone what they are doing in our name.
Control of the means of communication is a classic of all Dictatorships and we can expect no less here soon.
Please check out my newest post. It's on the Torture policy and I'd really like to get this spread all over the World if possible.
It may be the only way to hold these sh*theads accountable and maybe even get our country back.
Thanks and God Bless.
ProgressiveT... Perhaps you're right and it's just the "non-traditional" method he's choosing. As I think you're alluding to, if you cut out the industry middle-man, they get ticked off.
SA... So true. In fact, Prince had a hell of a time in the late 70s early 80s getting his stuff into the stores.
Mary... Agreed. With his own creative output, he should be able to give it away if he wants to...
...sort of addresses your point Nvisiblewmn. I don't think that he needs to give it away so much as wants to. Sort of a big f*ck you to the industry.
Fred... Torrents will eat your connection alive! ;-)