Working in and around the music industry for the past 8 years has been a very interesting ride. I am a avid music collector and can remember how exciting it was to get in line and wait for an “album” to be released in a store. Bringing it home and listening to it for a few weeks straight was the best thing in the world. Now with the convenience of mp3’s and the internet it collecting music is a lot easier. Yes the satisfaction of going out and buying the actual hard copy is gone but listening is still the same. Depending on how good your ear is most people do not realize how bad the quality is. Yes the record companies and bands themselves are loosing out on royalties they would make from someone buying the CD. The music industry these days is not about selling records. In this article the author states that most label heads and lawyers acknowledged that pop smashes are what major labels do best; they can still produce records that permeate every night club, taxi, bodega, and drugstore. It is all about image. With the birth of MTV in the 80’s came a whole new side to the music business. Now acts were being seen. People saw the bands and celebrities in a different light rather than just out on stage. Bands now have to get out there and tour non stop and make appearances and do everything they can outside of the studio to make their money. It is not strange to see bands belonging to Indie labels are selling out venues like MSG these days. Most bands go Indie just because of the more home like environment. They can work on the music instead of being puppets. They still have access to some of the best producers and studio space in the world. They are not told what to do as much by executives. There will always be the “pop” music that brings the money in for the larger mother companies.
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