Lily Allen has branded Radiohead “arrogant” for giving fans the chance to download their new album, ‘In Rainbows’, for free. The singer reportedly said that she thinks it is unfair for the millionaires to devalue recorded music and survive on touring money when new artists can’t. “It’s arrogant for them to give their music away for free – they’ve got millions of pounds. It sends a weird message to younger bands who haven’t done as well,” WENN reports Lily as saying. “You don’t choose how to pay for eggs. Why should it be different for music?”
Interesting MySpace’s biggest phenom would disagree with the download approach. (Ah, we don’t mean to be contrary, Lily — maybe we’re just bummed that those Agent Provocateur rumors end up being just that, rumors. Ahem.)
Actually, we do see her point — and have had similar discussions with various working musicians we know — but it’s sillier and more sour fun when dorks like Liam Gallagher and Gene “I Will Market My Shit” Simmons step into the dialog box, too.
Oasis have quashed rumours that they were planning to release their next album with Radiohead-style pricing, with fans choosing how much to pay for the release. Frontman Liam Gallagher said he would never let an Oasis album be given away for free. Specifically, he said he would allow it to happen “over my dead body”.
Wouldn’t that dead body be better fed if they just gave the shit away at this point? Finally, Mr. Simmons’s Albini-style take on the issue. Via Billboard:
There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free? I will be putting out a Gene Simmons box set called “Monster” — a collection of 150 unreleased songs. KISS will have another box set of unreleased music in the next year. The record industry doesn’t have a fucking clue how to make money. It’s only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there’s no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid’s face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work. How can you pick on them? They’ve got freckles. That’s a crook. He may as well be wearing a bandit’s mask.
Billboard then points out that Radiohead and Trent Reznor are finding a “new business model”:
That doesn’t count. You can’t pick on one person as an exception. And that’s not a business model that works. I open a store and say “Come on in and pay whatever you want.” Are you on fucking crack?
Not yet, Gene. Waiting for the official KISS-licensed crack…