January 6, 2009

One of my co-workers stumbled across this website:


I was intrigued and decided to check it out.  So someone dared to mashup Radiohead with Jay-Z!  I don’t know what to think of it, but ehh it’s worth giving a spin if you like Radiohead.

Jaydiohead – Jay-Z x Radiohead

Download:  http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?4njfmnwz2yn

I have always respected Radiohead.  I think their music pushes the envelope of rock / electronic / alternative music.  What I found really intriguing is the way they released In Rainbows.  What other mega artist / band could release a digital album via download through their own website and let listeners determine whatever price they wanted?

I think this model should be adopted by struggling record labels who need to update their selling and releasing methodology.  Digital downloads via iTunes and the like are not profitable as it may seem b/c of Apple’s such heavy fees.  It is true that maybe only an internationally recognized band like Radiohead could pull this off because of a loyal, diverse, and widespread fanbase.  But wouldn’t it be interesting for artists to embrace this digital age instead of attempting to revitalize antique business models that only produce lack-luster record sales?  I heard Radiohead earned more profit from In Rainbows than any of their previous EMI releases.  Now that’s something to consider.

To take this into hip hop, wouldn’t it be amazing if say Jay-Z or NaS released a digital album on their own and ask people to pay whatever they wanted?

I guess this would never work due to how record labels give advances to each artist BEFORE they release an album.  I heard that record labels will give you say a 1 million dollar advance as they expect you to sell at least that much via record sales or concerts or promotions.  If you struggle, then they probably either take some of the advance back or they take all the rights of your songs so you don’t make a dime off airplay, album sales, etc.  They own you!  I heard this is the same in the modeling biz.

But ehh…

What I also really dig about Radiohead was their Reckoner Remix project:  http://radioheadremix.com/

They stripped down each part of their song Reckoner and allowed people to download each section to make their own remixes.  Then they post submitted remixes so that everyone can listen.  Now isn’t that novel?  They probably made a pretty penny doing this as I think each part costs 99 cents, but still, I think it’s really cool that they are open to hear what other people can do with their sounds.

Anywhos, although Jaydiohead is not as creative as I would like, it’s interesting to check out.