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Artists Unite for Fairer Share in the Digital Age

The funny thing about the RIAA & BPI is that the artists are just as tired as the fans with how online music is being handled. So they’re trying something new called the Featured Artists’ Coalition.

FAC’s site states in their charter: ‘We believe that all music artistes should control their destiny because ultimately it is their art and endeavors that create the pleasure and emotion enjoyed by so many.’

As digital releases are increasing, the artists aren’t seeing any more money. With the advent of online distribution, are the traditional music industry functions of promotion, samples, radio, and marketing now nothing but costly overhead for the artists? From Iron Maiden to Kate Nash to Radiohead, some big names are backing this new organization.

Source: Slashdot


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  1. dagger
    October 7th, 2008 | 00:46

    Lol, it’s a nice development, but what chance do they really stand against RIAA? There’s a lot of money behind it…

    Btw, we should all pirate music to weaken RIAA.

  2. Newt182
    October 7th, 2008 | 01:10

    good news imo. when i used to buy music, i can remember buying some albums priced at £16.99 from HMV! and the band will see no more than £1 from that.. and thats not a guess btw, that really is about the amount the band get to split between them from the sale of each album.

  3. Pop006
    October 7th, 2008 | 01:34

    Give away the copyright, lol
    everyone in the world counter-suing the RIAA.

  4. Edder
    October 7th, 2008 | 02:57

    Hush now, sure arent people like Simon Cowell the peak of what an industry such as this has to offer?

    Producers and image changers are so hard to come by these days. And why not manufacture music, a group or a single artist to make ridiculous profits. For it is teh monehs that drives us.

  5. Pegasus
    October 7th, 2008 | 03:03

    “We believe that all music artists should control their destiny because ultimately it is their art and endeavors that create the pleasure and emotion enjoyed by so many.”

    Then perhaps artists shouldn’t be lining up around the block to sign contracts and relinquish that control to big record companies in hopes of making it big through their huge promotion machine, ya know? Just a thought…

  6. jiggaboo
    October 7th, 2008 | 03:16

    Fuk the artists!

  7. Eric
    October 7th, 2008 | 04:37

    I think that Trent Reznor was pretty smart for doing the last few albums he made as being digital downloads first. I don’t mind the fact that the artists want to get paid (everyone wants to get paid…), and I think it’s best if they can just skip all the greedy people in the middle of the artist and the fan who truely make all of the profits from sales. I think that sites like myspace are helping some artists get big without a record label also. Anyway… this is a movement in the right direction, and any artist who is backing it has the right idea for their future in music.

  8. Neuromancer
    October 7th, 2008 | 04:53

    Agree with #7 Eric.

  9. Dark_Overlord
    October 7th, 2008 | 09:40

    Why do I get the feeling Metallica won’t be joining this? the money grabbing b*stards

  10. peperoni
    October 7th, 2008 | 11:26

    First they sign contracts to give away the rights to control their work for money, and now they start crying about it? Hilarious!

  11. Respect-My-Authority
    October 7th, 2008 | 19:20

    They are just mad because another one of their get rich quick schemes has gone down the tube. And what’s with this, “We believe that all music artistes should control their destiny…”, sounds like something out of an episode of Heroes.