Three tales from the music biz.
It’s been a strange week for old fogeys who used to go to the record store to get their music.
AC/DC’s new album is atop the charts, even though you can only buy it at WalMart or Sam’s Club. The group’s Sunday night concert at the Xcel got good reviews.
Guns N Roses released their album on Sunday. But you can only buy it at Best Buy or at iTunes. It got a terrible review from NPR’s music critic today.
And today, Bruce Springsteen is providing free downloads of the title track from his upcoming album, Working on a Dream (today only). The first step toward making a pile of money with an album, now appears to be giving away a piece of it for free.
Music marketing clearly has come a long way from the days when a record company would just pay a disc jockey to play its junk.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.