|What seems to most balance out the major music labels resistance to the MP3 explosion is the fact that their own artists are ahead of the curve. When the Diamond Rio caught corporate offices flat-footed, the majors panicked and ran to the lawyers. Meanwhile, artists like Ice-T, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys embraced the new technology, using it to increase their presence on the Net. You think they do this to promote artistic freedom? Here's a hint, the big story this year may go to Alanis Morissette who, in a business maneuver worthy of Mick Jagger, plied her drawing power into a piece of MP3.com.||
This week, the band They Might Be Giants took the next step in online music commerce. In an exclusive deal with GoodNoise, TMBG announced the release of the first MP3 only album from an established artist. The quirky alternative band - a few years back they embraced historic technology by recording several tracks on Edison cylinders - released its first single from their upcoming album Long Tall Weekend. The track "Older" is one of 15 previously unreleased tracks to appear on the album and can be downloaded for free from GoodNoise.
The actual release date of the album and purchase price are still to be announced, but if the band and GoodNoise can successfully turn discarded tracks into gold, the profits will certainly draw similar moves from other artists. All of a sudden Amazon and CDNow may have a new competitor...the recording artists themselves.
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