Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Money Shot: World's Biggest Unsigned Band Signs While Indie Rock Struggles?, NIN and Do You Want To Start Your Own Label Too?

The latest headlines...

Radiohead, XL Complete Deal For 'In Rainbows' (Billboard)
MS: The deal is expected to cover territories outside North America, leaving the band free to sign a separate deal there, but no further details have yet been made available.

A release date for the physical CD has also not been given, but sources suggest it will coincide with the Dec. 3 arrival of the "discbox" edition of "In Rainbows" available only from Others speculate it may not appear until next year.

Indie rock struggling to make money in digital era (Seattle Times)
MS: "There are too many people out there who don't value their own exposure, who want (their music) to get to the maximum number of people and they don't care what they have to do," Murphy said. "This is the reason, as far as I'm concerned, that the industry is in trouble."

How To Start A Record Label (Exclaim)
MS: Sure — dead to established, million-selling, supersmart bands like Radiohead who have both popular appeal and a die-hard fan base. To everyone else, labels are still one of a band’s most important partners. Radiohead’s choice to move forward without a label shouldn’t be seen as a comment on the general uselessness of every label, but more a statement of status: they are at the point in their career where they can do (and hire people to do) all the things labels used to do at a much better margin for the band, and with probably way less agro. So let this be a lesson to record labels everywhere: you still have to earn your keep.

Trent Reznor: Take my music, please (CNET)
MS: "Personally, I would like people to support artists," Reznor said. "After all, we as artists dedicate our lives to producing the best music we can. It's been a painful process for me personally (to see the changes in the music industry). But should I be angry at the audience that wants to hear music so much, an audience that is so passionate about hearing it they go online to get it two weeks before the music debuts? No, I want them to be that way."

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