In April 2008 Pirate Bay, a major illegal downloading website, was shut down and the owners were jailed for one year. The music industry see it as a great victory against the dwindling record sales.
Personally I’d rather see child pornography, pro-eating disorder, and other sites of twisted nature get shut down, not places hosting Britney’s latest track. Like it said in my local paper, people have been sharing cassette tapes and CDs for years, so what’s the problem now? Also, record companies leak tracks when they want feedback, but then cry when music leaks behind their backs? Pur-lease.
If record labels want to know why artists were celebrating Diamond status a decade ago, but platinum today…read below:
We hear the same song being sung so many times in one lifetime. The labels and/singers can’t be bothered to come up with something original, so they reproduce the same thing over and over again. Why should I have to buy the same track that my mum bought twenty years ago and my grandma bought fifty years ago? Not gonna happen.
Length of albums.
I know it increases the chances of having songs you’ll skip/hate, but I preferred when there were 15+ songs. Now we’ve got ten. Someone on another site said it’s because a long tracklist is too expensive, but money doesn’t seem to be a problem when it’s time for a re-release. A strong album doesn’t need extra tracks six months later. A strong album should last a lifetime without anything else added.
If a singer is good enough then they shouldn’t have to rely on ‘special guests’ to sell records. Collaborations are nice when there is clearly chemistry between them, but the public can smell desperate tactics e.g. Ciara and many, MANY others get T-Pain (in the ass) on their tracks. Jumping on the bandwagon will only get you so far because eventually people will look past the guest and at the MAIN artist. Also, the bandwagon riders will eventually jump off and ride somewhere else, and then the single flops. Example one, Ciara’s Go Girl featuring T-pain. Example two, Kat Deluna’s Unstoppable featuring Lil Wayne.
These labels and artists want their ‘loyal’ fans to buy their re-release album 2-3 different times (for 4 or less new songs), shell out hundreds or thousands on concert tickets, and pay for fanclub membership (where the ‘exclusive’ info provided is already on the internet for free, or it will be in a week or so).
What do you think? Is music thriving or dying?