I just wanted to bring up a few more things on this “Famous bands offering free music to the internet” deal.
First off, I’d just like to say that many of you would think, “Famous bands are able to give out free music because they already are famous”. WRONG! I’ll have to disagree with that one. Let me tell you why. When a band like Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails drop off a major label. It’s a fact that they are no longer famous. This happens to any band signed to a major label, if you’re famous, if you drop off a major label, you’re no longer famous, it’s just as simple as that folks. When you drop off a major label, you don’t have the good opportunities anymore. 1) You won’t be performing the huge arenas and baseball stadiums anymore, you’ll be playing the small clubs and small venues again 2) You won’t be getting much media coverage in the national media news anymore 3) You’ll have to do your own marketing of your own music rather than the label doing it for you, and this list could go on.
Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails continue to get articles in the national news because they were the two biggest bands of the world. They are no longer famous, they are just in the news ’cause they keep releasing free music ’cause of their dislike toward the major label industry. Any band and any musician can give away free music. It’s your choice on how you want your music heard, you can either force fans to pay to listen or give ’em out for free, enough said.
And secondly, everyone is acting like that Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails giving out free music for the first time. WRONG! Bands that drop off major labels and giving out free music has been happening way way way before Radiohead has been doing it. It’s been going on for years. This is NOTHING NEW PEOPLE!
The reason other bands don’t make the national news headlines for this is because they aren’t as popular as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails were. Ever since Radiohead and NIN started doing this, other major label bands started, The Cure followed, then Coldplay, etc. They all inspired that with the idea of Radiohead and NIN. This is not a new revolution folks, bands in the music industry has been doing this for years and years. Bands giving out free music only made the national headlines is because of Radiohead, period.
Before Radiohead gave out their album “In Rainbows” for whatever price you want, when was the last time you saw them in the headline news? It has been a long time hasn’t it? Sure was. After all this time we thought Radiohead was done with music, they weren’t until now. They were still playing after all these years pretty quietly and the media has been ignoring them until this internet thing.
Giving out free music to the internet is a good thing and I’m glad to see more bands doing it.