Downhill Battle

DownhillBattle.org is “a non-profit organization working to end the major label monopoly and build a better, fairer music industry.”

Have you ever wondered what the music biz really does? I have. They make tons of money, but what do they really do? All I’ve been able to figure out is that they: record music, promote music, and distribute music. And of course, they take a big cut on every step of the process.

Music labels make more profit if one band is really really popular instead of having lots of bands that are semi-popular (because there are fixed cost for what they do). Unfortunately, what’s good for the music labels isn’t what’s best for society. Music is about creativity and freedom. Who wants to be stuck listening to the same 10 bands playing the same 40 songs over and over? Nobody.

Update:
I just found this interview with Wilco that’s along the same lines.

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