NIN follows Radioheads lead

In a surprise move yesterday, Trent Reznor announced that “as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label.” This leaves NIN open to doing more direct distribution and promotion, outside of the ridgid and ancient framework that the record labels thrive in. This is strikingly similar to the move by Radiohead this last week, in which the band droped it’s label and debuted their new album on the web asking people to pay what they felt was appropriate, including free if that s what you want.

Shocks like this are being heralded as major blows to the recording industry and it’s established infrastructure. Could defections like these bring the media giants to their knees? Only time will tell. More than likely it will. What occurs to me though is that this is all fine and dandy for the big name artists who have the money, the people and the reputation to be able to do this, but what about the artists who are trying to find their way onto the radio and into the hands of good producers? If the giants were to fall, the small artists would be the ones to suffer. I mean we all know how often people really look at the spotlight up and comers and free tracks on itunes and other sites.

[Via: Gizmodo]
[Via: Idolator]
[Nine Inch Nails]
[Radiohead]

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~ by David on October 9, 2007.

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