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Musicians Bypassing iTunes For Independent Distribution Models

princeA few weeks ago, Prince made headlines by claiming that,

“The internet is completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else.”

Not surprisingly, the famously eccentric / multi-platinum songwriter got pretty seriously mocked for his statement, particularly for going on to compare the internet to MTV as something that was once hip but is now outdated.

And it’s easy to laugh these comments off as the petulant wailing of an industry dinosaur, but what if we worked from the assumption that Prince is not a nut, and took a closer look at what he’s actually saying.

Is The Internet Over For Musicians?

Prince made these comments in relation to the release of his new album, 20Ten, which is not being released digitally. In fact, the only way the album is available is through the purchase of various European newspapers, which come with a copy of the CD (included in the price of the paper).

This strategy begs the question: is Prince doing this purely to spite the internet, or is he doing it because experience has taught him that he will gain greater attention, distribution – and potentially, profits – via these newspaper deals than he would online?

Amanda Palmer + Radiohead = Ukulelehead

ukuleleheadThe cool thing about being an independent musician is that you can do pretty much whatever you want. Take, for example, Amanda Palmer, maybe best known for her work as half of the Dresden Dolls, maybe best known for making people mad by singing about Oasis and rape and abortion – oh my! – in the same song.

Palmer left her label, RoadRunner Records, earlier this year, after realizing that she could do a lot better with a mailing list and an active blog than she’d ever done under the heavy hand of a recording contract. And now she’s putting her independence to the test by releasing an album of cover songs, lovingly entitled, Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele.

The album is being released digitally and on vinyl (not on CD because, y’know, CDs are over). You can buy the download for an absolute rock-bottom minimum of 84 cents, which covers the transaction fees and royalties for Radiohead. Palmer is also offering bundles to fans including ukulelehead t-shirts, private Skype uke concerts, and hand-painted, Creep/Fake Plastic Trees/High and Dry-inspired ukuleles.

Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley Present: Evelyn Evelyn!

Proof that Indie Collaboration is Worth More Than Label Support.

Leave it to Amanda Palmer to be up to something interesting. Starting in 2007, rumors began to fly about a pair of conjoined twins – former circus act(s) – whose musical talent had been ‘discovered’ by Palmer and accordion-wielding-street-performer extraordinaire, Jason Webley.

The twins – known as Evelyn Evelyn – released the EP Elephant Elephant in 2007, and are now prepping for the liberation of their first full-length album and world tour, supported by Webley’s true-blue indie label, Eleven Records.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Are the world’s first Parapagus Tripus Dibrachius indie superstars about to break down barriers for conjoined twins everywhere, or are the twins, in fact, Palmer and Webley themselves? And either way, what is this world tour gonna look like?


Photo by Lenka Sindelarova

The only thing that can be said for certain is that Evelyn Evelyn is yet more proof, by way of Amanda Fucking Palmer, that hard creative work, not major label support, is the key to a great career in music.