Radiohead Frontman Warns Music Labels will Die SoonAdded: Monday, June 14th, 2010
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Thom Yorke, Radiohead Frontman, warns young musicians should avoid getting tied with record labels, as they remind him of sinking ships, and says the world won’t notice their loss. Thom Yorke is long known for criticizing the entertainment industry excesses, and now he comes with addressing to emerging musicians in his new textbook for GCSE Citizenship Studies students, where he shares advice not to get too entangled with collapsing music industry.
In fact, record studios have been sinking since music became digital and this form of it undermined the stranglehold on methods of distribution. So music labels turned out to be bad marketing companies that found themselves not corresponding to a modern digital world where the artists are allowed to both market and distribute themselves without record labels’ participation and almost for free.
Radiohead has always been the pioneer among the new music industry trends, starting with shocking the public 3 years ago when the band released its new album “In Rainbows” in the Internet directly to their fans, allowing people to choose the price they are ready to pay for the CD. This of course made music labels nervous, alongside with some industry members holding the conservative position, like U2 band manager calling the plan “backfired,” and Kiss frontman saying Radiohead is “on crack.”
Fellow bandmate Ed O’Brien, the member of the Board of Directors of the Featured Artists Coalition, joins Tom Yorke, believing that it will be just a matter of time (and most likely months rather than years) for the music labels to sink like holey ships.
Featured Artists Coalition is dedicated to assisting artists take control of their future and works, and profit from the possibilities presented by digital world. In other words, they are trying to create a reality where musicians would finally get paid for their works, but they feel themselves disagreeing with the self-protecting interests of the entertainment industry.
What Yorke is trying to deliver to the artists is that record labels are a distinct entity of the industry with their own aims, which are most often profits. In these terms they only see a musician as a source for making revenue. That’s why Yorke is sure that the collapse of music labels won’t be a big concern for fans who rather care about the quality of music.
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|as a music artist myself...i believe that my music should be free to share....i get paid for gigs etc....music labels do have a valuable job to do in promoting the artist and their work, but the slice of the pie they demand is way too big, some artist recieve as little as 10p per album, shocking...i think labels have an important role and the real villian here is the distrution and production rights that are held by large multinationals like time warner etc...they wont die a death as long as media (i.e. tv and radio) is there to support them, mtv for instance pays out over a billion dollars in royalties evry year...as long as they have an audience then these companies will continue to thrive despite the rise of so called copyright theft....let them worry...free music forever|
They show and other artists what Record Companies are all about - SCREWING THE ARTISTS AND THE FANS..
2007 when they released IN RAINBOWS album directly to the internet to their fans all Radiohead did was ask pay what you think.
Many stated RadioHead is nuts and so did the record companies.
Want to know what Happened? Radiohead made $10,000,000.00 IN ONE WEEK.
Here's the link: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/radiohead_make_10_million_from_in_rainbows.html
They and other artists just showed everybody why need record companies..
Also by doing what they did by releasing the album in DRM FREE format encoded mp3.
So think? Why pirate when you can get the music direct and even of you only pay $5.00 for the album ALL THE MONEY GOES TO RADIOHEAD - Not to those greedy bastards in the Record Industry.
R.I.P RIAA I piss on your grave..
|To hell with the record companies. A vast majority of artists who were signed to major labels NEVER SEE A DIME from the record company who signed them. Basically when you sign with a label, you are taking out a loan. They pay to get your album made and money to live on, BUT THEY WANT EVERY DIME BACK. So if your album doesn't take off and hit number one, you owe them a buttload of cash. Thus, most musicians who sign a recording contract are getting f-ed in the ass. Now these greedy bastards are going to get whats coming to them.||
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