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Monday, September 10, 2007

MPA and Irony: Go hand in hand.

Current mood: annoyed

After just relizing that when I proof-read/edited my last blog some major additions didn't go through I decided it would be easier to just write a new blog for them. So here I am now :wavey:
Who is the MPA that so plagues tab sites? Is it the artists? Nope. Its the labels, (well actually a board of members who are pretty much doing what the labels want them to do). Many artists have actually learned to play gutiar using Tabs, and they support them. Its the labels who are taking the music out of the hands of America's (and the World's) youth, many kids can't afford lessons or expensive songbooks. They rely on Tabs and sites like UG.
Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the same kids they are taking the abilty to learn to play an instrument away from are also the same kids that one day would of made the money for labels (if they still exist ;))? They are cutting off their future means of income! How utterly stupid can you be?
Tabs don't even pose a copyright infringement! They are the author's personal point of view and personal take on the song. To them the song sounds like this: "XXXXX" and thats they're personal take on the song, not the artist's. Its the same as a music review in that sense. Are they sueing review writers as well now?
Let them dig thier own graves and spend all their money on lawyers to sue dead men and computer-less familys for copyright enfringement.
12:28 pm - 4 comments - 8 Kudos
Saturday, August 25, 2007

My issues with Record Labels

Current mood: accomplished

Hi everyone :wavey:  
I thought I write a blog about record labels.
Music is an art form not an industry, but yet for years record labels have been over-charging consumers for music. In the past it was a necessity, bevore the advant of the computer the only way to get music out to the vast majority of the public was the Record Labels pushing the music through TV, Magazines & Ads in newspapers. This wouldn't be a bad thing if it wasn't for the policys by which Record Labels are run by. A Major Record Labels sign people not based on their music (even though it is a factor) but on their looks, popularity and their abilty to sell an album and make money for the Label. Labels are completly run by money and will use and means or tactic to get, no matter how bad in taste it is. They sign bands, promise to geet their music out and then ignore them unless the album is multi-platinum. They take away an artists artistic right and force them to make an album they don't want because their Label thinks it won't make money and is too "risky". But how else is a band to sell their music and get out their name out there if the Label doesn't help them? Theres always Indipendent labels which don't use these bad practises, but those won't give you the widespread success to make a living off of.
All that has changed now with the new age computers, a band can have a Myspace or a Purevolume and get their name out to the public. Blogs and Youtube videos add a new way to gain publicity and now the Record Label is no longer needed. The biggest thing though that changes everything is music downloads. Very few people go out and buy the Album anymore, they get it online, whether it be legally or illegally. Labels try to stop that by arresting and sueing little kids who don't have the money to buy an album but still love the music. How is that right to restrict an art form to only those who have money? Yes, I know they have to make a living but if you compare the price for a 100 pack of blank CDs and a music download to the price of the actual album you can see they have been making a very large profit of us for quite a long time and there was nothing we could do about it. But I believe that will all change in the not-so-far future, the need for a record label is becoming obsolete as is the technology on which they've made their fortune. With music downloads and a Myspace page to gain a fan support the playing field has been leveled. People can access the "underground" music scene much easier now and they can see what has been missing from mainstream music. No longer does the Music Label dictate over popular movements and society by choosing what will reach our ears, no longer do they control the only means of getting music to the public. Their tyranny has gone on long enough and now people are getting fed up. More independent record labels exist now then ever before and more bands are leaving Major Labels for their artistic freedom. For once there is a chance for a level playing field in the music industry. I recently found out about a band that I liked was signed to Columbia Records, for the hell of it I went to Columbia's site to see if I could find a download or something. Well it turns out since the band is "Huge" or selling tons of albums they're not even mentioned on the site, at first I thought it was a mistake but nope, the band was 100% certinaly signed to Columbia. Another band, Brand New, got signed to an offshot of a Major Label. They made a great album and sold quite a few copies. The album was defintally more successful then their previous releases but did you know how much money they got from it? $0.00, thats right not one cent. They've (like many bands) been making their money by constant touring and selling shirts NOT by the album. In fact they even encourage people to go out and illegally download their music.
I think the moral here is that Labels will soon to be a think of the past and all you'll need is to make good music, have a Myspace page with a good fan support and constant touring and you can make it in the music "industry". No more having actresses who can't sing and have a washed-up lyricist writing their songs forced upon us by the Major Labels.
12:55 pm - 5 comments - 6 Kudos
Thursday, August 16, 2007


Current mood: accomplished

I'm going to do a band of the month blog here I think. Don't know which band yet...
10:43 am - 2 comments - 3 Kudos