Albums are dead.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by manco, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    Music is only perceived as dead from those either unmotivated to seek it, or too out of touch to know what to seek
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  2. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

    I wish I'd never bought any.
  3. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Very sad news. RIP albums
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  4. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    Fully hijacked? Not at all - there are many fantastic, amazing, unique musicians and artists out there - a lot in fact! Some well known, some not as well known but I feel like your comment is not truly representative of the current state of the art of music as a whole
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  5. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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  6. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

    Maybe you should say RIP pop albums. Rock is still album oriented
  7. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    Now it sounds like it is only a Billboard!
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  8. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    No, the Dead is music.
  9. Northern Lights

    Northern Lights Forum Resident

    Northern Germany
    Totally agree. And I never bought so many used CDs then last year because of the crap brick walled or overly compressed CD mastering of most re-released CDs today.
    Regarding your search for ‘The World’ by C.C.C.P, have you considered buying from other sources like Discogs? (CCCP* - The World )
    It’s only a third of your Amazon prize over there and international shipping is not that expensive from many European countries like Germany. Even the U.S. seller is asking less than half the Amazon price.
  10. The Bishop

    The Bishop Forum Resident

    Dorset, England.
    Albums will never die. Not when any of us are still drawing breath, anyway.

    So that's twenty, or thirty tears, then. Rock On! :)
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  11. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Berlin, Germany
    In general artists still release their music as albums and they are offered as such not only on CD, but also as downloads or on streaming services. How you listen to these albums is entirely up to you. No one keeps you from listening to albums as a whole, not even when you stream them.
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  12. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I think the discussion in this thread is overlooking the fact that there is little money to be made with creating albums. The music get streamed and the artist gets pennies on a thousand streams of a song.

    The music business used to be about going on tour to promote an album. This is no longer the case. It's quite the opposite. If you catalog is deep enough, you can tour based on that. This isn't a new thing either. The Grateful Dead in the '80s toured without releasing an album until In the Dark. They were were consistently making as much as the biggest acts were actually selling records. The Who hasn't released an album since 2006 and before that it was 1982's It's Hard. But that doesn't stop them from going on tour and making millions. Taylor Swift who actually can actually sell multi-platinum certified albums easily made hundreds of millions from her last tour, but probably didn't make a tenth of that money from album sales.

    Yes we can include streaming as a reason behind the decline of albums sales. But let's be real. The money isn't in selling records any more. The real money is in touring. The artists have learned that it doesn't matter if their audience buy their albums. The real money is in charging $100 for nosebleed seats in a stadium. Sure artists will still release an album. Van Morrison released 4 of them in less than a year and a half. But, let's be real, it really doesn't matter financially. Artists go on tour to make money.
  13. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Ya, and why should people care about "the market". I have records and cds, and enjoy them.
  14. Spaceboy

    Spaceboy Forum Resident

    There are more albums being released than ever imo. If you followed the best albums of 2018 thread you'd realise that.
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  15. Todd68

    Todd68 I'm Listening

    Pelham, Ontario
    "Albums Are Dead". I may get that printed on a shirt that I will happily wear at the record show I'm going to in February.
  16. Shak Cohen

    Shak Cohen Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    Or you could just burn your own CD and print your own artwork?? That's what I did.
  17. Shak Cohen

    Shak Cohen Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    Unless you can get 500 a night paying customers, you're probably not making money on tour either...
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  18. eric777

    eric777 Astral Projectionist

    I wish the billboard charts were dead.
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  19. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    It's not dead. It's resting.
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  20. tables_turning

    tables_turning In The Groove

    Mid Atlantic, USA
    "Rumors of my albums' deaths have been greatly exaggerated".
  21. SoporJoe

    SoporJoe Top 5 Reviewer

    British Columbia
    They’ll have to pry my buggywhips from my cold, dead hands. Er, I mean albums.
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  22. Osato

    Osato Forum Resident

    Piss off with your inane BS.
  23. Ray Blend

    Ray Blend perfectly calm

    The Midwest
    This one really hurts.
  24. Diamond Dog

    Diamond Dog Cautionary Example

    Well... I guess the cat's out of the bag.

    I've read through some of the Paul McCartney threads here and your theory appears to have serious merit from what I've seen. It's horrible....

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  25. Timmy84

    Timmy84 Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    Exactly. :laugh:
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