Metal News for March 31, 2004
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Finally some fuel against the blanket claims of the RIAA, [failed] retailers (e.g. Tower Records) and record labels - a study that finds that file sharing has little effect on CD sales. This study was the most detailed economic modeling survey to use data obtained directly from file-sharing networks thus far.
For the study, released Monday, researchers at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina tracked music downloads over 17 weeks in 2002, matching data on file transfers with actual market performance of the songs and albums being downloaded. Even high levels of file-swapping seemed to translate into an effect on album sales that was "statistically indistinguishable from zero," they wrote.
"We find that file sharing has only had a limited effect on record sales," the study's authors wrote. "While downloads occur on a vast scale, most users are likely individuals who would not have bought the album even in the absence of file sharing."
Even in the most pessimistic version of their model, they found that it would take about 5,000 downloads to displace sales of just one physical CD, the authors wrote. Despite the huge scale of downloading worldwide, that would be only a tiny contribution to the overall slide in album sales over the past several years, they said.
Moreover, their data seemed to show that downloads could even have a slight positive effect on the sales of the top albums, the researchers said.
The study is unlikely to be the last word on the issue. Previous studies have been released showing that file sharing had both positive and negative effects on music sales.
The Recording Industry Association of America was quick to dismiss the results as inconsistent with earlier findings. RIAA spokeswoman Amy Weiss wrapped up a statement with this, which says it all to me: "Our own surveys show that those who are downloading more are buying less."
Read the full article at News.com.
A live video of Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY performing the track "Adjusting the Sun" on their recent American tour has been posted online in Quicktime and Windows Media formats at this location (courtesy of MentalSuplex Productions).
HYPOCRISY have just launched the European No Mercy Festivals 2004 tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, KATAKLYSM and VOMITORY, among others.
MARILYN MANSON is currently in the studio recording new material, some of which will appear on a "best of collection" that will be released this Fall. Besides all of their classics, the album will feature the new single, a cover of DEPECHE MODE's "Personal Jesus." In addition to a booklet of rare photos and artwork by MARILYN MANSON, the entire video catalog will be included for the first time ever on DVD, featuring the never-before-seen, uncensored cut of "(s)AINT" directed by Asia Argento.
The band has also decided to part ways with guitarist John 5 as recording sessions for the next album begin.
Massachusetts metal/grind band The Red Chord has officially signed with Metal Blade Records / Black Market Activities. The group will record their next full-length, entitled "Clients," later this year. Here's a statement from frontman Guy Kozowyk regarding the move:
"The Metal Blade offer was hands down the best all around deal we have received in the past two years. They are hard-working, honest people. They've done a remarkable job expanding the direction of the company and it has been a pleasure working with them thus far."
Furthermore, guitarist Mike McKenzie added:
"We are all excited about the signing. I'm happy with what they've done for us already before even signing the agreement... The new record will push the boundaries of our musical abilities and it will be great to have the backing of a strong label."
Toronto's NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED have announced that their new CD is set to be released in 2005, and will be titled 'The Great Tribulation'. This will be the followup to the successful independent release titled 'Constructing the Machine' which features guest vocals from Max Illidge of 40 BELOW SUMMER, who also mixed the disc, which has sold over 6,000 copies independantly across Canada and the USA.
Brad Delson and Phoenix of Linkin Park recently spoke with ChartAttack.com, who asked if rap-rock was dead. "I think great songs are alive and well and I think any group, no matter what style of music they play, if they write great songs — great parts, and great lyrics, and great vocals and great music — people are gonna like it," Delson responded. "I think people like to look at who’s writing good songs and then they like to speculate about a category of music that’s popular, whereas I would argue that it really has nothing to do with category: it’s really individual artists and individuals songs that are capturing people’s imaginations."
Read the full article at Chart Attack.
Omaha, Nebraska band Paria has officially signed with Black Market Activities. The group has previously released a two-song disc with Imagine It Records. Paria has begun recording their untitled debut full-length at the Ranch Bowl in Omaha, and according to the band their new material is "much more all over the place, experimental and grindy" than their previous stuff.
A PERFECT CIRCLE lead singer Maynard James Keenan is ill and unable to perform at this time. As a result, the band have postponed their upcoming tour dates through Friday, April 2 and are in the process of rescheduling these shows. Because of this, some of the other dates will have to moved. Affected cities include Long Beach (April 1), San Diego (April 2), Boise (April 5), Spokane (April 6) and Vancouver (April 8). The band's tour dates in Las Vegas (May 29) and Sacramento (May 31) were also postponed earlier this week.
MY RUIN, the Los Angeles-based band fronted by ex-TURA SATANA singer Tairrie B., have announced that longtime friend Mat Dauzat of the band HYROVIGE will be filling in on bass for the upcoming U.K. tour and the rescheduled The Whiskey (Hollywood) show on June 12. Dauzat will be playing with the group as a temporary replacement for Meghan Mattox, who was "asked to leave" the band following their recent U.S. tour with SOIL.
MY RUIN will embark on a U.K. tour with SUFFRAJETS beginning on May 9 in Bristol.
New Hampshire metal/tech/hardcore band Deadwater Drowning has broken up. Formed in early-2002, the band released their debut with Black Market Activities last year. Unfortunately, their lineup has been less than stable as the past six months have seen the departure of a founding member, while vocalist Nate Johnson has joined Premonitions Of War, and drummer Jon Dow has been spending time with The Red Chord. The band plans to play one final show, though details have yet to be solidified.