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Saturday, August 25, 2007

My issues with Record Labels

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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.
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pringa wrote on Aug 26th, 2007 7:55am



forsaknazrael wrote on Aug 27th, 2007 3:40am

Where'd you find that info about Brand New? They're awesome, I try to see them live every time I can.
A neat little program/service on th net these days is called SnoCap. It's basically like opening your own little iTunes store. That's probably what I'm gonna end up doing if I ever get anything recorded.
I wrote a blog too....;)


Ultraturtle0 wrote on Aug 28th, 2007 5:05pm

Plus one.

Great blog post!


UniverseZero wrote on Sep 6th, 2007 2:47am

You my friend have made a really good blog. Been thinking about it for such a long time....


XibanezedgeXa wrote on Sep 11th, 2007 12:26am

AHHHH! I just relized when that my proofreading edits didn't go through, I had a nice strong ending sentences and stuff about the MPA and zero spelling errors...
Its not here!
The mosy important part is that Moses Mayfield (the Columbia band) ISN"T huge not IS huge.


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