Daft Punk and ‘Random Access Memories’: Music Reviewing in the Leaked-Album Era : The New Yorker

Again and again and again, the “free music is the devil” theory doesn’t play out. The most plausible explanation—not to downplay the Internet’s role—is that the album widget, historically, was wildly overpriced, and the labels were lucky they got people to pay close to twenty bucks a pop for so long. (This is not a spitball theory; music executives love to admit this, off the record, and laugh loudly.) Being really good and building on organic audience—true of Daft Punk and The Weeknd and Danny Brown and Radiohead—seems to be most predictive of sales.

via Daft Punk and ‘Random Access Memories’: Music Reviewing in the Leaked-Album Era : The New Yorker.

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