On that musical note, two things stuck out in this piece by Ben Sisario talking with Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records:
“Basic publishing is absolutely important, but it’s not very exciting,” said Mr. Blackwell, who speaks in a slow, soft British accent but carries two cellphones that chirp constantly. “But now it is the music business. Record companies used to manufacture, and that was the difference between a record company and a publishing company. All that is really gone now.”
This is not my world, but it strikes me as an ever-increasing uphill battle for the labels to convince artists they're needed -- truly needed -- for something in our current world. Marketing? I guess. Maybe?
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