Fiona Apple Teaching Sony A Lesson About The Long Tail

from the radio-friendly-vs.-the-long-tail dept

Fiona Apple was a musical sensation half a decade ago, but has dropped out of the spotlight since then. Apparently, that was supposed to have changed two years ago when she delivered a new album to Sony — who immediately shelved it, claiming they “didn’t hear a single,” which probably means the computers over at Hit Song Science didn’t appreciate the songs. However, in the last few weeks, a DJ got his hands on the album and has been playing the tracks, which fans seem to really like quite a bit. It’s a lesson in the long tail for Sony. Rather than focusing on just “the hits,” they should at least be willing to put out other albums that have niche supporters. Of course, considering Sony’s recent statements, it’s really no surprise that they really don’t understand how to handle this new market. Of course, it’s probably only a matter of time before they try to shut down those who are offering up this music that they refuse to release.

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