The naysayers said it wouldn’t work, that no one would be dumb enough to pay for it if they’re giving it for “free”. Damn, people don’t know Thom Yorke has a chokehold on the industry. He’s the Dylan of this music shit.
A poll of in excess of 3,000 people on a Record of the Day website has found that the average price a Radiohead fan paid for a copy of ‘In Rainbows’ was £4.
Corroborated with our exclusive that the Oxford band shifted 1.2million copies of the album – thanks to inside knowledge of a source close to the band – it means that Radiohead could have potentially earned a massive £4.8million from the album already!
That just goes to show(not really, but still-for arguments sake)… music can still live without d’evils. The question here is did they sell this much because of all the promo they got for being first, because they’re Radiohead, because Thom Yorke kicks ass or because people really fuck with the idea of paying how much they want (i.e. $4) and actually paying for it than not buying it at all. I can’t imagine them selling more copies than that had they went the other route so i guess they proved their point and will reap the benefits. They, unlike people on Koch, will probably keep most of the dough, considering they don’t have a record company dicking them. But think about it, isn’t this how it’s supposed to be: artist makes music, artist sells music, artist gets paid. And I use the term artist in the most MySpace oriented way possible, not the MichaelAngelo type artist Al Sharpton wants you to believe in.
Phonte on the other hand… is just asking to get DJ Drama’d. Can’t front, the whole world loves him for doing this. Especially for knowing what he’s done:
I put a lot into it
This is my product and I gotta move it
Stop the industry but you can’t stop the music