50 Cent Is The Latest Artist To Understand The Economics Of Music
from the not-so-hard dept
More and more musicians seem to be recognizing what fans have been trying to tell them since Napster first came on the scene nearly a decade ago: it’s not file sharing that hurts the music business, it’s treating your fans badly that hurts the business. We’ve been seeing more and more musicians recognize this over the past few months, and the latest to join the pack is Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent. In an interview, he noted that while file sharing may hurt record labels, it doesn’t seem to hurt artists or any other part of the music business: “What is important for the music industry to understand is that this really doesn’t hurt the artists.” He notes that shows are still packed and fans are fans no matter how they first hear the music. He says that the labels need to learn to adapt and embrace the technology while noting that the thing labels should be doing is making money on the scarce goods that are made valuable by the music: “The concerts are crowded and the industry must understand that they have to manage all the 360 degrees around an artist. They, (the industry), have to maximize their income from concerts and merchandise. It is the only way they can get their marketing money back.” This isn’t that surprising or new, and we’ve noted recently that hip hop stars seemed to implicitly realize this well before most of the rest of the industry. However, it is yet another big music industry name saying this. Yet, why is it that the RIAA is still out there insisting that suing fans is the right strategy? Why is it that the RIAA claims it’s trying to protect the artists, and even getting new legislation moved forward, when the very artists it’s trying to protect are arguing against those policies?