The record industry is dying....
and they're never going to recover
AOL's Noisecreep recently
spoke with Rob Zombie about how different the music industry is now. Zombie thinks it might be better
to revert back to the old days of releasing singles, instead of full-length albums.
"I like the thought of the band writing, say, one song a month and putting it up there......Say we've been on tour for
six or eight months and we don't have time to stop and make a whole album. It would be cool to put out two or three songs we've
written and then keep going just to keep it energized. And truthfully, when you make a new album......you go, 'OK here's 11
new songs, five of which we'll never play live. And here's the two or three singles that will always be in the set.' So it could
just be a different way to do business that's really sort of like the old way of doing things.
Back in the '50s and '60s people weren't making albums, they were pressing singles and then an album was basically a collection
of all the singles."
On the music industry as a whole, Zombie says, "The record industry is dying.....I think they dropped the ball a long time ago and
they're never going to recover from it. Everybody loves music, everybody's always gonna want to make music and listen to it, but
nobody wants to actually purchase music anymore. That's the trick. So for me, it's a weird time because the music scene is alive
and well. It's just the music buying public is not. A year from now, I don't even know if they'll be pressing CDs anymore. Or if
they do, stores won't even bother carrying 'em."
Rob Zombie's album sales have been trending down as with most artists nowadays. His latest release, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" sold just
under 50,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard Top 200. His previous release, "Educated Horses" sold
107,000 copies in its first week, in 2006, and entered the charts at number 5.