Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Struggling Record Industry (Help me Paula, help, help me Paula)

HA! The highest selling CD last week? The band Daughtry (Chris Daughtry of American Idiots... I mean American Idol) sold 65,000 copies. For those who do not follow the record industry like mikeandtim, that is pathetic. By contrast the all-time record is 2,400,000 copies by N' Sync. I can't believe I just typed the name of that group. I must now break a finger.

(Bearing the pain... I continue) The reasons that I love this:

1) For years and years and years and years CD retailers have been doing their best to rip us off. $17 for a disc? Maybe in 1987. CD's should have been $5 by 2000. What could have been a prescient transisition for the major record store chains (given they had listened to any employees with any sort of awareness or foresight) into downloadable music stores became a battering of closures and job cuts. Anybody notice how Apple has now had 2 Billion iTunes downloads?! Somewhere a Sam Goody executive has a house built out of unsold Limp Bizkit albums.

2) Vindication. This proves andTim's theory that the quality of popular music continues to get worse and worse. Maybe we have finally reached the saturation point of modern "hip-hop". (Which, coupled with Country Music is keeping the industry afloat.) Other than Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley, are there any artists out there who are being creative and selling albums? Beyonce keeps regurgitating the same tired thing. The Killers became too self-absorbed. Fergie? Go Away. You are a less classy Paula Abdul. (I now need to break another finger for that sentence... maybe I'll just go Ronnie Lott and tear it right off.... hmm) Who else is selling albums? Josh Groban? Involuntary vomit after typing his name. Waits a second.. vomits again realizing he wasted a $10 lunch because he typed the "name".


At 1/24/2007 04:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey idiot, it's not the CD, it's called free download. then i can burn to a cd.

At 1/25/2007 09:08:00 AM, Blogger mikeandtim said...

Thank you for the clarification and calling me an "idiot". There are 2 things to consider: 1- free downloads are illegal.. that doesn't mean I shouldn't figure that into the demise, but record store chains can't compete with illegal action anyway, they have to do it legally. 2- given pt. 1 if they had lowered CD prices at the advent of online music and CD burners, people wouldn't have been AS quick to hit the Napster. $5 for a CD versus $15 for a CD probably means that double the number of CD's would've been sold. Purposeless anonymity proves you being an idiot as well.


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