I don’t know why someone down-voted this comment. Anyone that has any sense of digital music could’ve told Neil Young that Pono was going to be a huge waste of time and money.
It’s hard to say it backfired when you look at how many people are purchasing their back catalogue on iTunes. They knew that there would be a lot of people that don’t want the album. I still think it was an interesting experiment.
Who says digital music needs saving? What needs to be changed is the mentality that the album is the focal point and everything done needs to ladder back to driving sales. Maybe back in the day when it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce a record, recouping this money on sales important, but new artists are still making great music and using the internet, streaming services and direct fan relationships to have a successful music career.
The biggest change that the music industry can do is realize that the days of having huge monster rock stars making millions upon millions of dollars are over and that the control over what people have access to has opened up so much more opportunity for the 99.999% of artists that never would’ve had a snowball’s chance in hell in finding an audience with major labels controlling the airwaves and MTV.
I absolutely love Morrissey but let’s call a spade a spade here – Harvest didn’t botch this launch, the record just isn’t that good.
They promoted the hell out of that thing and any Morrissey fan that still cares knew the record was coming. What more does he want them to do? They didn’t write the half-baked songs that lack hooks.
Has Rick Ross been in a coma for 2 years? Most of us forgot this song existed and the chances of LMFAO having anything even 1/100,000 as successful as this song is as likely of people giving a shit about Rick Ross in 5 years (assuming they still do now…do they?)
How is the drummer from Tool on this list but not Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins).
I hope he didn’t shoot all his $ up his arms.
Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe it.