MTV Supposedly Boycotting Warner Music Artists In Rock Band
from the nice-work,-Warner! dept
A bunch of folks have sent in an article from the latest issue of Wired Magazine about Warner Music’s fight with the publishers of music video games, Rock Band and Guitar Hero. To be honest, the article doesn’t cover much more ground than stories from last year, when Warner Music’s Edgar Bronfman Jr. first demanded more money from the game publishers. But, it does include one juicy tidbit. After reposting Bronfman’s silly quote demanding more money:
“In response, Rock Band publisher MTV Games is now boycotting Warner artists, according to a source close to the negotiations.”
This is yet another example (in an increasingly long line) of how Warner Music’s recent actions have done plenty to harm its artists. You may recall that a similarly ridiculous whine from Warner Music execs that YouTube wasn’t paying enough money resulted in YouTube pulling all Warner Music videos from the site, pissing off many Warner Music artists. Other reports have noted that if musicians were blocked from getting their music in these video games, they might look to move to other labels as well.
And, of course, Warner Music’s fight with the video game publishers is doubly stupid. Reports have shown that having your music in one of those games greatly increases sales of the music itself. So… the end result? Pissed off musicians who get less people hearing and interacting with and buying the music. It’s amazing that Warner stays in business at all, with management foresight like that.