From KISS to Soulja Boy: Making it Big in the Music Business - WSJ (Video)
Although this video was produced earlier this year, it already seems somewhat outdated. It’s worth a watch. I do want to point out some really idiotic statements from Paul Stanley though. First he claims that record companies “blew it” when they didn’t stop sampling and then file-sharing “before it got out of hand”. Well, I don’t really know why he brought up sampling, but in terms of file-sharing, I think anyone with a little knowledge of technology would know that file-sharing isn’t something the record labels could have stopped, as much as they would like to, even in the early days. The technology wasn’t invented by them, and it once it was unleashed and out of the bag, there was no way to undo that. Then he goes on to belabor 360 deals and call them “indentured servitude” while seemingly saying that the labels get no credit for helping build his career. “Why would I be giving that away to people that had nothing to do with it”. Huh? I don’t know, maybe because they paid you an advance, put out your records, helped establish you as an artist, and now they aren’t making money off of album sales anymore. Whatev.