Yes, Being In Rock Band Or Guitar Hero Helps Bands Sell More Music
from the among-other-things dept
Last week, we mentioned that it was silly for musicians (and labels) to complain about their music being in the video games Guitar Hero or Rock Band — which some folks challenged in the comments. Yet, just in time, the Associated Press comes out with an article detailing how being in any of those games significantly increases sales of music, sometimes more than triple what they were prior to their inclusion in the games. Some musicians are also making a lot more due to image and likeness deals, but on the whole being in those games is a boost to traditional sales.
The article does note that the labels are upset that they don’t think they’re getting enough, because the labels, in their typical short-sighted view, only focus on how much they get directly from the game makers, whining that it’s less than they would get from selling a bunch of albums. Well, duh. But, they conveniently leave out that being in the games increases sales of the albums too. It also notes that Edgar Bronfman’s earlier whining is a bunch of meaningless fluff — because if Bronfman ever stopped allowing Warner Music songs in those video games, a significant number of musicians would look to switch labels, since they actually recognize how valuable the games are. Bronfman’s mistake is to think that it’s the music that’s valuable, but basically everyone else realizes he’s got the equation backwards.