There is online outrage circulating facebook and the internet at the moment at this story. This story confirms so many of our fears about the music industry or any situation where big business meets the little guy… what happens? The little guy gets squished. Many people have discussed the necessity of knowing the industry that you are in, this of course has been expressed in less understanding words. I agree with this on some level, but the responsibility that comes with knowledge about how an industry works should be used to foster talent, not churn up and spit out people like a hamburger factory. In this situation, people don’t get the straight story from big business, and this… no matter what his knowledge, is unfair.
Another example of famous artists who are realising how labels short change them of royalties and are making some noise about it.
This type of case is notoriously difficult to prove even though many musicians at least have an inkling that it is taking place.
Best of luck to Cher as she attacks this.
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In highschool there was always the group of kids that enjoyed ‘alternative’ music, whatever the brand was at the time… punk, emo, grunge… didn’t matter. They sought out obscure music from obscure bands to make sure they were unique.
Part of what made these bands so special to people in this crowd was the catch-cry, ‘They’re independent’.
Implying that THEIR band didn’t SELL OUT to all the commercialism of such soulless bands like N’SYNC.
What many of those in that crowd don’t realise is that some of those so called ‘Independent’ labels aren’t really very different from the big Evil Commercial labels….
Here is a cool visual layout of all the ‘independent’ labels that bands use.
So much for independent.