Thoughts On The Warner Music / Clear Channel Deal [OP-ED by Thirty Tigers' David Macias] - hypebot

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Chancius

Dark as they may be, every day I think about all the great popular music still out there NOT being played on the radio like anything from The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, etc in the last 10 years. I think about it every day. Then I realize that we don't love in 1995 anymore. We as consumers don't rely solely on radio and MTV for the majority of new releases. We as musicians and consumers have YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc to get our fix and put out our product. The old industry has shrunk and changed hands dramatically and they are only doing what they can to stay as profitable as they can which means relying on the few things they have left to stay in power. They've already lost the battle. They can continually try to put the genie back in the bottle, but they can't. They move too slow and resist change (and true profit) at every instance. In 20 years, hell, in 10 years there will just be that many more industry people who are on our side than the old side. Let them grasp at straws and an already antique and antiquated system. The world is still producing and enjoying great new music without them and it'll keep on doing so!

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mason

there's no doubt that this is a new kind of Payola for the digital age, and i hope that the FCC takes a long look at this. this will absolutely squelch any possibility of music being played by artists who have not signed with a label that has a "deal" with clear channel. since cc's only concern about music is how it effects their bottom line, they will have zero motivation or reason to support music by anyone not on a label with a revenue sharing deal with cc. but then again, most artists have given up on commercial radio having any relevance to their careers at all, even on the local level.

Bezebub

Everyone's pretty naïve here. Majors have always controlled commercial radio.

The big concern should be majors controlling "ON-DEMAND" streaming and digital policy, which they pretty much do.

Watch majors pull every digital revenue stream possible. It's happening. Why do you think majors love streaming?

Wake up.

kenloebel@aol.com

There is the organization World Music League, which is a non-structured, open source community for the independent artist, to begin the process of taking mind share from major labels through the grassroots activity of joining in on the discussion of independent artists and the movement to build grassroots support for such artists.

There are no financial terms, and no commitments - it is a donation to the music world, to feature and discuss music, artists, producers, and to create a scene rather than try to fit into the one that is manipulated.

Not everyone will become listened to or heard, but everyone has a voice - World Music League helps to consolidate an open source voice of the independent artist, to provide a power of groups rather than a bunch of individuals.

We are looking at a convention in diffeent parts of the country, to stimulate discussion, develop a political action group, and to grow our inlfuence in music. Radio is dead, and advertisers are shifting their funds to online, social, and new media. World Music League intends to be available for the independent community

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