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Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs and The Verve are among the acts who have signed up to a new pressure group, the Featured Artists' Coalition.
UK pop and rock stars are taking action to try to gain ownership and control of their work from record labels.
It wants artists to keep the rights to the music they create and to have a greater say in how their songs are sold - and a bigger slice of the takings.
It is a sign of a shift in power in the music industry in the digital age.
In the last 12 months, big names have seen their options multiply after a string of stars shunned traditional record contracts and found new ways of releasing music.
At the same time, many acts have felt they have been ignored when their record labels and music publishers have struck new digital deals.
The coalition also wants its members to be consulted more fully on how their music is used, the ways it is sold and who gets the money.
"Record and technology companies are signing agreements to deliver music to fans in new ways," its charter says.
"Artists are not involved in these negotiations and their interests are likely to be overlooked. Artists should receive fair compensation as part of these new deals."
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
Steve Albini summed-up just how wrong a typical recording deal is in the early 1990s with this piece. This is the reality for most musicians in the music industry.
Originally posted by drock905
It really is thier own fault, they get enticed by signing bonuses and the promise of riches, huge tours etc. Its their own greed.
These artists are all huge draws, why? because MAJOR labels spend tons of money on thier promotion.
Who pays for the flashy videos?, who pays DJs to play thier music(yeah thats how it works)?, who gets thier songs on the new teen drama tv show? Who pays for posters in your local chain cd store? Who get thier songs on commercials and video games?
They only want to make A LIVING doing what they love. Isn't that what we all want?
laying all the blame on the labels is also not right. The artists of the past were just as much a part of the problem.
but if you work hard, dedicate yourself and your GOOD
[edit on 5-10-2008 by drock905]
2003 : VNV Nation form their own label "Anachron Sounds" to exclusively handle all future releases by VNV Nation. The first release is the Honour 2003 EP in June 2003.
Originally posted by C.C.Benjamin
Strange how these major pop stars are victims to their contracts, squeezed for every penny going, and yet still manage to live in mansions and snort buckets of coke off of the arses of their admiring fans, then drive around in one of their many penis-compensating cars.
Amazing what you can achieve without money, innit?
Originally posted by NeuronDivide
As far as I know Robbie Williams doesn't actually write any of his own songs (or lyrics), he simply "performs" them... I find it highly amusing that he would be attempting to gain "control and ownership" of them.