11 October 2007


Or rather, Madonna! - another one:

Pop star Madonna is close to leaving her long-time Warner Bros. Records label for a wide-ranging $US120 million (A$134 million) deal with concert promotion firm Live Nation, a source familiar with the talks said on Wednesday.

The story was first reported on the Wall Street Journal's website, which said Madonna would receive a mix of cash and stock in exchange for allowing Live Nation to distribute three studio albums, promote concert tours, sell merchandise and license her name.

Such a deal is virtually unprecedented, but may become more common as struggling record labels and other players in the music industry seek to shore up revenues by going into business with musical acts, rather than just taking fees for selling their albums or concert tickets.

OK, so no mention of music being given away, but the other key elements are there: concert tours, merchandise and licensing. Bye-bye music industry. (Via TechCrunch.)


Anonymous said...

Shouldn't that be "bye bye record industry"? Concerts are certainly part of the music industry. As are t-shirts.

Personally, I've only been to one pop or rock concert ever, so I'm wondering what will happen to enjoyers of music like me in the future, if the record industry collapses and music will mostly be enjoyed live.

Glyn Moody said...

Well, records went out about 20 years ago, I think (I should know, I have hundreds of them...).

What I really meant was music *industry* rather than *music* industry.

And the point is musicians will make their money from live concerts - and give away recordings as free downloads to build a fan base.