Folks have been asking me these days why have I been promoting eBooks on my website and likewise why have I partnered up with iTunes and are now linked to the iTunes store. Some have even mentioned I've sold out and I am now not independent. This text is to address these points. Firstly, the idea of selling out is not the same as expanding my business. On the subject of being an artist it appears that the majority of acts/ bands are nonetheless being fooled by an old model of what music and in particular what selling music is all about. As the mercury award goes into one other yr we discover story after story about record gross sales falling.
A case in level is Estelle and her hit single American boy, despite the observe being successful on each side of the Atlantic the album has not been selling so, as all record companies do lately, they panicked and have pulled the one from the US iTunes within the hope that individuals will turn their attention to the album if they are unable to obtain the single. Kid Rocks Album was not sold on iTunes and he sold a really respectable 1.7 million. So, I guess the businesses are thinking 'let's observe the identical path and make it unimaginable to get the music on the worlds largest obtain website'. The actual fact that there's a coverage iTunes have the place you cannot just sell full album which in a way encourages individuals to just purchase the person songs they like. As an artist I look at the album as one piece of labor and would find it irresistible to be bought as an entire, nevertheless the musical panorama has modified and I imagine in the event you don't make what your followers want available to them then you're reducing your own throat.
For my part it is about time the music business died, or rave
ought to I say old music business because that's precisely what it's, the old music industry. In truth is it lifeless now? Plainly the lid is closing on the coffin of the industry. Its last dying breaths are being sustained by sales of simple listening, middle of the road music to house wives through supermarkets like the Asda and Tesco chains and in so doing making it easy to pick your copy of James blunt or James Morrison as they buy their weekly meals store and the newest development of new artist that sound just like useless idols.
For this reason for me it's essential to change with the instances and take a look at new ways of getting the music on the market and if the means making companion ship with companies like iTunes, then why not? In contrast to record firms the new digital area shouldn't be going to sign you into a contract that robs you of your rights as an artist.
In a brave and visionary transfer prince just lately gave away a whole album free as a complement in a Sunday newspaper bypassing the same old distribution channels and also did a 21 evening stint in London retaining your complete door takings. This can be a very completely different strategy to the trade which is, in a phrase genius. Prince is an example of an artist who's pondering outdoors of the box, when it comes to getting his music out to the public and he's a lesson to all musicians. Granted, he already has a worldwide fan base and has had main label success but the question must be requested: If prince was beginning out on his career now would he really feel the need to sign to a file contract?