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|Are Labels Shooting Themselves in the foot?
|Ok let's admit album leaks are highly expected these days. Albums can leak days, weeks, even months before schedule (see Thrice's 'Beggars' for details.)|
More or less of the time, it is unfortunate it happens and unfortunaly it can't be helped.
However more and more lately, there is a current trend at the moment of streaming records via myspace, ap.net etc, a week or so before their release.
For example, Relient K's new album (which is pretty decent I must say) and new releases from BlessTheFall and HORSE The Band, are currently streaming a week ahead of release, or in the case of the new 1997 and Four Letter Lie albums, 3 WEEKS! before release.
I'll admit for the most part, some people arn't going to download a webrip of an album. However some still do and in one way or another, affect the sales and success of these releases.
But who's to blame the non-consumer or the label for putting up the stream?
Should labels re-think the way to promote forthcoming releases?
|Tags: labels, streaming, new albums, new releases,
|Getting To Know Labels
|Last week I did an e-mail interview with LAB Records. An independent label based in Manchester, UK. I'll admit I'm a fan of the label, they've got some good bands on their roster (The Autuer, MiMi Soya, The Honeymoon Suite) and I'm guessing they are a fan of AlterThePress.com (and why wouldn't they be?)|
Anyway I decided to do an interview with LAB, as over the last few months they've grown as a label and I thought it'd be a good idea to find out the story behind the label and its growth. In addition to this, I thought it would be something different to the usual interviews I do.
Thankfully it turned out really well and I'm pleased with the results, as I find it interesting to see how a label copes with the constant changes and challenges it has, within the music industry.
I am hoping to do more label-related interviews soon.
So take a read of the interview with LAB Records. Let me know what you think to it.
Also take a read of an interview I did with Paul from Punktasitic.com concerning the recent Unscene 5 compilation HERE (along with all our other interviews)
|Tags: AlterThePress.com, AlterThePress, LAB Records, Punktastic, Independent Labels,