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Put the bad songs at the end and all the good ones in the beginning?

The album format still misguides some artists. They make more songs just to meet the expected album format of 8-12 tracks, or at least 40 minutes.

But excess content actually degrades the album. Record labels think they can convince you to buy a whole album on the premise of the first 3-5 good songs. In reality, listeners are merely consuming singles, or not even buying at all.

Listeners today stream songs a la carte on YouTube, Spotify, or SoundCloud and merely add those songs to their playlist all without spending a dime. Listeners pay with attention, not money.

If the music is the marketing today to drive live shows and merchandise, then why would a band risk publishing one bad song?

Radiohead is the first band that comes to mind in producing holistic albums. Radiohead treats their albums like novels, with each song or chapter shaping the album from beginning to end. You can’t skip a track if you want to understand the ebb and flow of the entire story. 

For music albums, less is generally more. Enchancing the album with more songs doesn’t actually make the music better but worse.

Bands should consider the EP instead of the LP; create and publish their best 4-5 songs instead of 8-12. Unless you’re trying to tell a story through your music, it shouldn’t matter if your best tracks play in the beginning or at the end. All songs on the album should be fungible as they already will be on the listener’s playlist. 

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“YouTube is the biggest jukebox online.  If Radiohead takes their records off Spotify, people aren’t going to necessarily steal them. They’re going to YouTube to listen to them.” The music industry post Napster. 
“YouTube is the biggest jukebox online.  If Radiohead takes their records off Spotify, people aren’t going to necessarily steal them. They’re going to YouTube to listen to them.” The music industry post Napster. 
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Thom Yorke pulls albums from Spotify

“Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no[t] get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”

Back to downloads, copies. It’s the only way to respectfully pay for music.

Or this:

iTunes Radio is also going to help drive incremental download sales, which is of course, as Apple tries to extend the life of download sales as long as they can: this affords them the opportunity to do that.

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Oscar Wilde on bankers and artists

“When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” – Oscar Wilde (via Thom Yorke)”

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I mean what’s weird about putting a record out now […] it’s just the fact of volume, literally the shear volume of stuff that gets put out. It’s like this huge frickin’ waterfall and you’re just throwing your pebble in and it carries on down the waterfall and that’s that. Right, okay, next.

Thom Yorke, on today’s plethora of music releases.  

Content is no longer scarce; anyone can make and distribute music cheaply.  But who stands out?

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The Record Books : if best-selling albums had been books instead…
The Record Books : if best-selling albums had been books instead…