Thom Yorke Says Music Biz is Over

The Radiohead front man sends a scary warning to musicians.

Thom Yorke Says Music Biz is Over

The Radiohead front man sends a scary warning to musicians.

-Sarah Polonsky

Thom Yorke

According to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke the entire music business is going to go under very soon.

This end was inevitable ever since the creation of Napster. And now the time may have arrived, according to Yorke. He claims all major music labels will “completely fold” in a matter of months.

The British rockers of Radiohead broke away from their longtime label, EMI, in 2007 and went on to embrace the new digital era with the release their seventh album, In Rainbows, which they offered up over the internet and allowed fans to choose the price.

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Yorke warns musicians not to sign any traditional deals with major labels because they will be signing their livelihoods away to “the sinking ship.” No matter how attractive the deal may be, bands may find themselves up the creek without a paddle if their record company goes under.

“It will be only a matter of time – months rather than years – before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world,” he says. (Contact Music)

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0 thoughts on “Thom Yorke Says Music Biz is Over

  1. People will always make music – don’t need labels for that. In this digital age, people can record their own albums and put them up directly for sale like Radiohead just did and purchasers can pick the price. Music will always be in the world just like it was way before the music industry executives took it over!

  2. Great article. Never really thought about it, but it actually makes more sense if groups like Radiohead sell and market digitally. In some ways, makes the music more “pure” and less defined by the music execs. Takes the big business out of it. There will always be music. Brahms, Chopin, etc didn’t have music execs, but their music has lasted, and will continue to last. There will be PR firms to market the music. But as far as suits at a record label defining what a band can and cannot record.. I say great. Make it about the music, not the business of music.

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