Aloha, EMI & Guy Hands

May 27, 2008

Ian Rodgers (former head of Yahoo! Music) is one of the select few Music 2.0 commentators who consistently hit the nail on the head when talking about where we’re going (not just where we’ve been) in the music industry.  My (extremely short) list also includes Mark GunheimMike Masnick and Terry McBride

Ian’s open letter to Guy Hands (new owner of EMI) today is a great read for artists and new labels alike.  Standout passage (standout because this is exactly what Penny Distribution offers):

“If I’m an artist, I’m probably better off having a small label start building my career than I am submitting to a major, going through the buckshot marketing machine and hoping against hope they’re going to break me at radio or MTV. If the small label has an existing relationship with a group of people already inclined to like my style, they have a better chance at building my career from the bottom-up than I have hitting it big in the channels of radio or MTV.

If, as this hypothetical artist on an indie label, I get traction, will I then move up into the major system? In the old days I *had* to if I wanted to reach a wider audience, but not anymore. If I’m the White Stripes of tomorrow do I do a 360 deal with the label or do one with myself? I can afford to record my own music, I can distribute in 100 different ways by myself (and keep more of the profits), so if I’m going to partner with you for my releases you’d better have better access to a larger audience than I could generate on my own. If my song fits in the limited (and shrinking) channels of radio and music television I might have a shot. But if not, what do you offer?”

Read the whole article here


New Wax from Penny Distribution!

May 22, 2008

Image by Helico via Flickr

So, you all know I normally save this space for music industry discussion, so forgive this off-topic post. I’ve got 2 things I want to share:

1. We’re excited to announce the release of Tom McShane’s new single “Fighter” on split 7″ vinyl and download. You can preview the tracks over at Tom’s Myspace or his Penny Distribution page.

If you dig the music, go ahead and pre-order the vinyl at – you’ll get immediate access to 4 bonus downloads as well as your shiny new record when they ship on June 23rd.

2. If you’re a fan of Penny Distribution’s music, you should subscribe to our dedicated Penny Artist News site. It’s basically a bulletin board for all of our artists and will keep you up to date on new releases, shows and signings. Coming up are some exclusive radio-session downloads from Tom McShane in the buildup to the release of the vinyl. Not to be missed.

{aside} For the picky among you (and you wouldn’t be reading this blog if you weren’t!), we’re also offering artist-only Email Updates & RSS feeds. Go check them out and stay on top of it 🙂

Thanks for your patience with this – we will now resume our regularly scheduled programming…

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