Thursday, February 8, 2007

Are the record companies selling us short?

“Older artists have it covered--Old songs are new again as veteran acts find that cover albums filled with classic material are what their fans want to hear and are willing to buy.”

You can read the entire article at:

Here are a few excerpts and my comments:

"As much as my true fans love these original albums, they don't sell as well as the cover albums," Manilow said in an interview last year as he was promoting The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, the followup to his surprise platinum success, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, also released in 2006. "It's a handful of great artists who can still do it - like Sting can still come up with a great original album and sell, and the same thing with Paul Simon, and the same thing with Prince," Manilow said. "But there are others who can't, and I think the record companies want to play it safer."

Yes. That’s it, Barry. The record companies want to play it safe. But what they have not realized is that after these cover albums, Barry could market an original album if they would just give him the backing.

"The adult audience isn't very receptive to new material," said Reid. "Adults grow out of that phase of discovery and they grow into comfort, and there's comfort in the known and discomfort in the unknown. "They would rather hear a song that they've heard before sung by an artist they are familiar with than they would to hear a new artist, for example, or a new song." Today's pop market can be particularly challenging for older artists, said Burgundy's Stringer: "I can't think the last time an artist that was 45 years or older had a hit song on the radio."

This is where they are DEAD WRONG. I’m part of that “adult audience” and I love new material. My husband and I purchase new cd’s all the time with new material. Actually our generation is the one buying cd’s. We haven’t gotten used to ITunes or downloading music. If we hear a song we like, we purchase the entire cd.

However, he knows the audience is there and waiting. "It's worth the valiant effort to figure out how to get these artists exposed," Stringer said. "It's also absolutely providing a service to the consumer marketplace."

This is the first thing I agree with. It is worth the effort. We are a viable part of the consumer marketplace. Here’s hoping that these record companies find a way to get Barry’s original work out there. This is one fan what would be ecstatic!

What do you think? Are we happy with the cover albums or is there a market for some original work? I think the record companies are selling us short! Maybe it's time to let our wishes be known.

Signing out for now,
Texas Fanilow

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