Lily Allen has branded Radiohead “arrogant” for giving fans the chance to download their new album, ‘In Rainbows’, for free.
The singer reportedly said that she thinks it is unfair for the millionaires to devalue recorded music and survive on touring money when new artists can’t.
“It’s arrogant for them to give their music away for free – they’ve got millions of pounds. It sends a weird message to younger bands who haven’t done as well,” WENN reports Lily as saying. “You don’t choose how to pay for eggs. Why should it be different for music?”
In the meantime Liam Gallaher has vowed never to go down the Radiohead digital root. Saying he would never ‘over his dead body’ let an Oasis album be given away for free.
Gene Simmons, the legendary KISS founder, is not going to record new music. “There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free?”. When Reuters asked about Radiohead’s business model Simmons answered: “That doesn’t count. You can’t pick on one person as an exception. And that’s not a business model that works. I open a store and say “Come on in and pay whatever you want.” Are you on f—ing crack? Do you really believe that’s a business model that works?”
Sir Cliff Richard however is handles a similar pricing strategy as Radiohead’s. But with a twist. The singer is to release his 78th album online and the more people buy it, the less it costs.
One independent filmmaker, who discovered his movie was being downloaded by users of file-sharing networks – has reached out to downloaders and asked them to make a donation to cover his costs. Eric Wilkinson decided to try what he called the “Radiohead model,” Wilkinson posted a message on his MySpace page, but also took his appeal directly to downloaders at the file-sharing discussion forum – a site called RSLog.com – where he asked for donations to be made to his PayPal account.
Wilkinson even gave downloaders credit for helping to promote his movie, saying their positive comments on Amazon, IMDB (the Internet Movie Database) and elsewhere helped to create a buzz around the movie, which is called “The Man From Earth.” The film became the 5th most popular title on IMDB in a matter of weeks.
Earlier on, Paste Magazine did the same with their magazine subscriptions. Pay what you want for the first year. In their February issue, the magazine will recognize those who pay the most (more than the subscription price).