YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE (Hypebot) –
As CD sales and label profits tumble, a great deal of hope and excitement has been attached to a variety of new models:
Which model has the greatest chance of success? Its far to early to tell, but several of the models above will probably find traction in the months and years ahead alongside new ones not yet imagined.
Instead of a single business model controlling an artist's career, wouldn't it be better if release methods become situational depending on genre, where an artist is in their career cycle and their goals for the release? If a band is new or about to embark on a tour, perhaps giving it away (supported by ads or not) makes sense. If you're a budding pop star in need of grooming and mainstream media, then the 360 deal may be for you.
Artist and fan empowerment is the mantra of Music 2.0. Replacing the old model with a single new one serves no one but the gatekeeper. Choice is freedom; and freedom leads to better music.