Saturday, June 04, 2005


Well, the efforts of the record companies to stop newspapers giving away free music is... well, another example of the BPI-RIAA members making a lot of fuss, pissing off the people they should be working with, and getting nowhere.

The Express is offering a whole slew of Elton John tracks:

The Sun is giving away a Britpop DVD:

And the Mirror has a free Oasis CD, to promote the new album:

There's four "classic" Oasis tunes on the CD and four tracks from the new album - although the paper warns that you can only play the new ones four times. Which is probably three times more than anyone's going to bother with them, so that's alright. What we don't understand, though, is how they can enforce the "four times only" rule - we can see that something might be done to stop a PC playing them more than four times, but how will that work on a car CD player, say, we're not sure.


M.C. Glammer said...

From what's on the tv ad, those Elton tracks are all from the old Top of the Pops/Hot Hits £1.29 at Woolies cover version "sessions," rarities in none but name and probably totally worthless to the proper music biz.

Robin said...

I wondered why they were all from 1970, i.e. just before "Your Song" broke through - it seems unlikely that he'd re-record all those songs now.

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