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Oasis, Jamiroquai to give away albums free online!
« on: Oct 9th, 2007, 1:48pm »
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Oasis, Jamiroquai to follow Radiohead
By Harry Wallop and Lucy Cockcroft
Last Updated: 2:29am BST 09/10/2007
Some of the music industry’s biggest names are considering offering their music free online following the success of the experiment by the band Radiohead to let fans download their new album without charge.
Radiohead fans are willing to pay for their music
The band’s website topped the chart of music websites with an 11-fold increase in internet hits after the announcement, according to internet monitoring agency HitWise.
Now Jamiroquai and Oasis, two major names that are not contracted to a record labels, are rumoured to be considering following Radiohead by offering work for free, according to industry sources.
Radiohead refuse to reveal how many fans have pre-ordered their seventh album, In Rainbows, but figures from HitWise show the move pushed the site up from number 43 to the top slot for music websites in the UK.
Google say that searches for Radiohead have increased tenfold this week as fans log on to the band’s site, with the majority – according to the band’s spokesman – spurning the opportunity to download the album for as little as 45 pence and instead signing up for the £40 box set, which includes vinyl records, CD and artwork
The Charlatans are also offering fans their next album completely for free if they visit the site of radio station XFM.
The performers that give away their music for free are expected to make their money from sales of concert tickets and merchandise.
“They’ll all be thinking about it now,” said Stuart Clarke at Music Week. “Any big name that is out of contract such as Jamiroquai and Oasis will now see it as an option.”
Oasis has already announced that its next single, Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, will be available only to download for 99 pence. Meanwhile rumours abound that Madness, a band with a loyal fanbase amongst 40-somethings, is considering giving away its next album for free.
David Enthoven, founder of ie:music, Robbie Williams’s management company, said: “I think a lot could follow. You’ve got to be sure about your fan base but why would you sign your career away to a record label when CD sales are falling so rapidly?”
While CD sales are falling dramatically, download sales have grown from zero in 2003, to 26.5 million in 2005 which then doubled last year to 53.0 million. However, according to the British Phonographic Industry, for every track that is paid for, twenty are downloaded illegally for free.
Yesterday, Alan McGee, the manager of the Charlatans, said he was astonished by how popular the experiment was proving, even though fans were not yet able to download the album.
“The record industry is obsessed by age and fashion. And so you get these amazing British bands like the Charlatans and the Happy Mondays that were massive 10 years ago and are still great, but are out of contract. How do you get them profile? You give away the record.”
He said that the initial feedback had been so positive that the he was already considering booking larger venues for the band to play in when they tour next year. “This experiment is going to work, I feel,” he said, adding he was confident that merchandise and concert tickets will make up for giving away the free album for free.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/09/nradiohe ad108.xml
So what does everyone think of this? I wonder if the Goos will eventually do something like this. They are done with their contract with Warner Brothers and have stated that they make nothing off of CD sales. It'll be interesting to see how many bands end up doing this too.
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Radiohead is awesome for having the guts to do what they did. Seems like it's been a pretty successful experiment. Granted it's not necessarily about downloading for free -- the download is pay-what-you-want so I'm sure some payment would be encouraged (but they're not going to punish you if you don't!) Plus it's just encouraging people to listen... if you're giving it away, what curious music fan is going to say no?
It sounds like Nine Inch Nails is about to go in that direction too; they just made an announcement on their website that their label contract has expired and they want to get their music to the fans more directly. It'll be interesting to see what they choose to do. I think if enough major bands like those mentioned start to make changes, it could have a huge impact on the way the industry is run. IMO the labels seem to have no idea what they're doing anymore so it's just as well that artists are taking it into their own hands.
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on Oct 9th, 2007, 2:00pm, Pondering My Fate wrote:
Plus it's just encouraging people to listen... if you're giving it away, what curious music fan is going to say no?

This is a very good point.  I only know about two of Radiohead's songs and I like them, but I never thought of going out and buying any of their albums.  Now I might just go on thier website and get their album for free and if I like them a lot, I might go and buy more of their stuff.  Bands can get a lot of new fans from this.  And if bands really aren't making money off cd sales anymore, then it would probably be a good idea for them to do this.
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