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    Default U.S. WEEKLY ALBUM SALES HIT RECORD LOW SINCE 1991

    The music industry is setting records this week that the nation hasn't experienced since 1991: plummeting album sales. 

    Billboard reported that only 3.97 million records were sold within the span of this week, which marks the lowest since the Nielsen Soundscan data tracking system came into the picture.

    Sales have apparently been tumbling since the beginning of the year, and the decline is somewhat predictable when examining historical trends. Depending on how consistent the trend is, they will only continue to fall.

    Overall, U.S. album sales are down 14.6 percent, digital album sales are down 11.7 percent, and track sales are down 2.8 percent. Everything is down, even CD transactions.

    So what is responsible for this dramatic shift we are seeing in the music-sphere?

    More consumers are streaming tunes from sources such as Pandora and Spotify, which eliminates the necessity for them to purchase it.

    Sales executives are allegedly not stunned by the historic lows this year and finally admitted that streaming is destroying album sales.

    The Hollywood Reporter stated in April that various record labels have initiated lawsuits against Pandora for allegedly "exploiting sound recordings made prior to Feb. 15, 1972." Recordings before that date were not protected under federal copyright, and artists were missing out on their royalty checks, allegedly.

    Singer Bette Midler publicly argued that songwriters struggle to earn an honest living because of programs like Spotify and Pandora. She claimed to have made only $114 in a three-month period during which her songs averaged around four million plays.

    Former "Talking Heads" frontrunner David Byrne criticized the practice of streaming music last year and declared that it is taking away creative content globally.

    "What's at stake is not so much the survival of artists like me, but that of emerging artists and those who have only a few records under their belts," he warned. "Without new artists coming up, our future as a musical culture looks grim." 

    Musicians fear that they will be out of work as the trend of streaming grows and their royalty checks shrink. Cliff Burnstein, whose company manages Metallica, doesn't think that's necessarily the case.

    "There is a point at which there could be 100 percent cannibalization, and we would make more money through subscription services," he said. "We calculate that point at approximately 20 million worldwide subscribers."
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    Plus it's not like there is a lot of great music being released recently either. Nothing, at least to me, has come out in a while that screams "Go buy this Now!!"
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    Look at this chart that was posted this week too. Kinda sad...


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    Too many ways to get music besides buying it. That's why you pay a grand to see Aerosmith on the 10th row.
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    Both sides can turn this around:

    Artists- put out good music

    Consumer- stop stealing music

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw View Post
    Both sides can turn this around:

    Artists- put out good music

    Consumer- stop stealing music
    The first thing stopped happening a long time ago and the second thing will never stop happening.
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    With a few exceptions, most of the shit worth buying has already been made anyway.
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    music will always be made but how artists make money has changed forever.

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    Just goes to show you should never bite the hand that feeds you.

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    Notice the small drop in 1982 there on the chart. I was playing my UFO album " Mechanix " recently and noticed this old warning label on the back of the album cover. I speculate it might of had something to do with the Sony Walkmans that came out back then. Of course CD's came out later on that decade and saved the day but no idea how the industry can change what's happening nowadays.


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    1982 was a big recession year also.

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    Any idea if that warning label is RIAA, the record label or what?

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    Music on it's own is no longer a source of entertainment for most people. There are too many other ways for people to entertain themselves now. Music plays a part in most of it, but music is rarely a form of entertainment people seek out on it's own.

    I was just having a discussion on Facebook with a local music venue owner who was trying to come up with ways to keep his place going. A large amount of folks participating in the discussion said that they don't like to go see bands there because there is no other draw besides the music, food, and the booze.

    What the fuck? That is the draw! It's a music venue! But this is an attitude I hear and see a lot. Music is a nice little filler for most young people that fits in or between whatever else they are actually interested in.
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    Before the net you either went to see a band live or listened to singles on FM radio then went out and BOUGHT the album. Magazines would give you the inside information oh and the Midnight Special on TV.
    EVH 1979: Well, actually it's not much of a vacation, because we run everything ourselves. We design our own album cover, we have to be in the office every day to sign checks - the whole corporation revolves around us. Nothing can be done without our approval. We even have photo approval.

 

 

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