More major bands are leaving their major labels. Blink-182 announced their split from their record label Interscope, yesterday. Singer-bassist Mark Hoppus told MTV that, "it's been a long, amazing journey with them... but the time has come to move on." The band's plans are to continue writing new music until the end of the year and begin recording after their Australian tour in February.
Similarly, Metallica has also announced their first independent release. The live DVD/Blu-ray Quebec Magnetic will be sold at a suggested retail price of $15.98, a "price we thought was very fan-friendly," according to Metallica.
Thirdly, even Aerosmith's Steven Tyler recently talked about going independent, as well.
Monkeybars, a social music website that provides artists with tools to promote, sell, and monetize their music on their own terms, is now officially launched. Artists receive 100 percent of royalties, and fans are paid cash for helping to promote outbreaks.
Deezer, based in France, is one of the biggest digital music streaming players with a global expansion outlook. But despite chatter otherwise, the company is still ignoring the American market, at least for the time being. "If you start in the US, you are too US-centric," Deezer chief executive Axel Dauchez stated.
Last, but not least, Soundscan revealed Jason Aldean's Night Train was the number one selling album this week with 409,303 sales. It was followed by Mumford & Sons's Babel at 73,583.
Visitor Wednesday, October 24, 2012
#1 and #2 in total sales are both albums that were not windowed and were available on all legal streaming services from day one.
Steve Gordon Thursday, October 25, 2012
With regard to bands doing projects without major labels, readers may be interested in listening to my interview with Marc Offenbach, a member of the indie team that produced and distributed Boyz II Men's recent release -- "Twenty." We discuss the their exclusive deal with Walmart and how they used digital.
@JaneanC Thursday, October 25, 2012
It's a brave (not so new) world.