The death knell for record companies tolls

Radiohead (a mildly popular beat combo from the British Isles) are selling their latest long player online without any record company involvement at all.

Read all abaht it at Radiohead’s new album challenges music industry’s conventional business model
“I like the people at our record company, but the time is at hand when you have to ask why anyone needs one,” Yorke told Time after Radiohead’s contract with EMI/Capitol expired after its release of Hail to the Thief in 2003. “And, yes, it probably would give us perverse pleasure to say ‘f*** you’ to this decaying business model.”

So there ... the world is a-changing and record companies will probably become much like film making ones are now ... or maybe not. Perhaps both will change in the next couple of years as people like Radiohead, George Lucas and the like 'do it for themselves'.

I love it.

Oh, and one last quote from the article:
Radiohead isn’t the only one experimenting. Prince released his latest album 3121 for free in the UK through the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Prince was initially criticized, but the nay-sayers shut up when he sold out 21 consecutive London concert dates.

My only comment ... Prince + Mail on Sunday readers = weird ass concert


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