U2 Manager Calls Google "Monopoly", Spotify "Promotional Medium" #MIDEM - hypebot

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Chip

Easy for him to dis Google and their efforts to block SOPA, he doesn't NEED the Internet to promote U2 ciz their f@$king rich! Obviously this guy has no ideas what it's like to try making a name for yourself in music these days and a free and open Internet is the most important tool young artists have at ther disposal. Take their ability away to create and distribute content and you stifle the next generation. Anti-piracy is one thing but anti-evolution of the industry is another. This guy is one more example of the OLD music industry.

Scott

The big, fat music industry is the real monopoly, keeping out the new, original-sounding, and interesting artists. I believe in cooperation and working together to make music continue to get better and better, rather than sounding like bands have 'sold out' or just done whatever they have to make loads of money. The money will come for those who are honest, have a good connection with music lovers, the fans, and put their emphasis on writing and recording good sounding songs, and make it easy for everyone to find songs at a reasonable download price, make their own compilation album downloads, etc. The music industry also needs to get more CDs out to stores and people will buy them. They need to promote new music CD debuts and digitally remastered (older) CD 'new' availability at stores across America and other countries. I would have the bands going out to record stores, making appearances, signing autographs, meeting the fans, etc. If the music industry would get of their collective butt and start doing some of my suggestions, you would see big improvements.

Scott

I wanted to add that I'm opposed to illegal music or movies or file sharing. However, I'm 100 percent in favor of better information access and the rights of writers/journalists/music reviewers to access and write about any and all music which is can be publicly viewed on such websites as YouTube. Any subjects should be open to journalists for to report on, review, provide analyis, and opinion; if not we risk winding up like Iran or China. I know U2 and their manager, and everyone else, doesn't want that.

I'm 100 percent opposed to Internet censorship and 100 percent supporting, defending, and protecting the United States Constitution, the freedom of speech and freedom of press as they are guaranteed by the Constitution.

As a footnote, I like U2 very much and wish they would get back to make records that sound more like "October".

Scott

sorry, i meant: analysis

Matt

Yeah. Screw Spotify. Just get played on the radio! Way easier. Problem solved.

Dan Therriault

Unfortunately you're wrong. You have a real chance of making a living in music. Protecting your rights is essential. Don't be fooled by multi-billion internet corporations billing themselves as freedom. You can choose to share your free music. The issue is stealing the music you as an individual artist do not want to share. This is not a new argument. Copyright issues have been fought and won in favor of artists for the last one hundred years. The internet doesn't change the fundamental issue of pirating an artist work. Everything is heading to the internet. TV, everything. Even if you don't join the fight, fine. But other artists will fight against monopolies like Google.

Promotional Items

Yes, just get played on the radio.

Asterblaster

Yes, those who can should do. Rights holders should refrain from anything they are not comfortable with, without being publicly exoriated. To me at least, that is freedom.

Tad

Freedom doesn't mean freedom from criticism. That's ludicrous.

And the word is "excoriated."

Asterblaster

Thanks for the spelling correction.

To clarify, there is a difference between criticism and truly defamatory behavior. It would be ludicrous to defend the latter.

Of course i am not referring to this thread, Generally speaking, it can happen.

Asterblaster

Agreed. It's all moving online. Even though music is just a very small part of the whole, it's important not to be misled by the spin. It's all about your content and data, and huge businesses have been built upon it.

Lior

Well said. I hope young people wake up before they have missed the opportunity to stand up for their rights.

Ji

I can not agree more

GhostWriter

+1 . Pressure is strong on artists ( and content creators in general) to give up and surender once and for all the rights for wich they fought during the last hundred years, in favor of multi-billion tech corporations.
And many artists are getting convinced by the rethoric of such tech companies, and giving up, but it doesn't have to be like that.

Jim

Cheryl B. Engelhardt recently wrote a great article on how to turn your career goals into actual results. She's had a fascinating career as a composer and musician, and she writes eloquently about the steps you can take to turn your dreams into reality. Check out the article here:
http://blog.discmakers.com/2012/01/4-steps-to-convert-goals-into-results/ Much of the article is an excerpt from her great new E-course "In the Key of Success: The Five Week Jump-Start Strategy", available from http://www.cbemusic.com/ecourse/

Charles Alexander

I love U2. They changed my life. I have a lot of respect for the boys and McGuinness. But why in the world are they asking him about the *future* of the music business? Wonder if anyone told him that Peter Gabriel went dark on the 18th as well. Interesting that he thought Spotify (doesn't pay Indies anything of significance) was better than Google (that at least let's you monetize YouTube if your numbers warrant).

Mishell

Hey check out (and like) an awesome video interview with the Grammy Award Winning Producer Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with artists such as U2, The Rolling Stones, etc at: http://culturecatch.com/vidcast/steve-lillywhite

Randal

And LP's. Very good comment especially the one below my comment.

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