Weird Al Yankovic- online vs. CD royalties

by Jason Gross

19 June 2006


Like any practical entertainer, Weird Al wants consumers to scarf up his albums. It’s just that he doesn’t want you to buy them online. The Digital Music Blog details a story where the Weird One explains to his fans and the online world what a lousy shake he gets with online music sales versus sales of CD’s. It turns out that he gets a much better percentage from his CD deal so he’s trying to steer his fans to go that direction to get his music. DMB also discusses the Allman Brothers case where they’re also distraught over such arrangements, enough to drag their label into court. Maybe Weird Al can help get the word out about these discrepancies with a nice parody song.

As a side note, sad to hear that Ice Magazine has closed its doors. Owner Pete Howard did everything he could to keep his publication going but to no avail. Ice wasn’t just a great source of music industry news (without gossip BS) but also a good, comprehensive listing of upcoming releases that wasn’t limited to major stars or the big labels only.

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