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Wale: I Just Want To Make Music & Give It To Fans For Free... They'll Support Me

from the new-way dept

This is from a few weeks back, but I'm catching up on some older posts. We've been talking lately about how fans will support artists they like, and focusing on connecting with those fans by being open, human and awesome is a better strategy than freaking out about piracy.

There are lots of artists who recognize this basic formula. For example, hip hop star Wale was recently asked about things like SOPA, and he explained that he doesn't get too involved in those things, but he just wants to make music and give it to his fans for free, knowing that they'll support him when it comes time to buy:
I just know that I want to continue to make music and give it to the people for free and then if it’s good enough when it’s time for it to be sold they’ll go out and support it. I’m a fan of the mode that it is now...
Of course, he's signed to Universal Music, which kinda limits his ability to give out his music for free. They don't like that kind of thing. But it again raises questions about the claims of labels that they represent the best interests of artists. It seems like some artists have a better handle on what's best for themselves...

Filed Under: culture, free, music, support, wale


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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Feb 2012 @ 9:32pm

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    yet he does anyway. Wale constantly releases freestyles and mixtapes from his twitter account, and to music blogs and UMG often promotes it. Then the RIAA comes in behind them and tries to shut it all down like the morons they are.

    When Wale releases a free mixtape he's able to do so with enough web presence to make it trend world wide. That's better promotion that anything UMG can pay for. When he releases a song and puts it on youtube, his fans go pay for it in return.

    The only ones who seem to be out of the loop is the RIAA and David Benjamin.

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