Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) began sharing his music in Garage Band files for fans to remix and even distributed songs from his last abum on usb drives that were left in public places for fans to find and share. Now, Nine Inch Nails fans can listen to and download the new 36 track for FREE! That’s right, they’re giving music away these days kids!!
The NIN Experiment
Ghosts I – IV available “from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we’ve ever created” ranging from FREE (Volume I), $5 (I – IV+), $10 (extras), $75 (EXTRAS+) and $300 (Luxury Edition).
With Radiohead’s recent “pay what you want” release of the album In Rainbows and a crowd-sourcing call for AniBoom artists to create their next music video it’s no surprise that even Madonna is now dropping her record label.
Probably the biggest surprise yet is, once Napster foe, Metallica, has finally seen the light that “CDs and cassettes are a thing of the past and that digital music is the format of the future”. Lars Ulrich, drummer, even welcomes the recent lek of their new album.
GOODBYE Music Indusry?
If bands already have tens of thousands of MySpace friends what do they need a record industry for? Now that the big name artists are dropping their labels what is the industry going to do?
Well, Sony, BMG, Warner, etc signed with MySpace! It would appear as though the industry is making themselves available to be discovered by the artists. That means you and me and all the other true rock stars out there will finally be noticed by the big names and they’ll be working for us! WOO HOO!
Or…we could just all screw the industry and hire our own producers and marketing team and have total control of everything from the start. Let’s hope so.