Quantcast

OCEAN BOTTOM

In retrospect, Frank Ocean may be second-guessing his bold move of self-releasing Blonde immediately after fulfilling his Def Jam contract with the visual album Endless.

It turns out that no label would agree to handle the physical version of Blonde that Ocean had planned to release a week after the initial digital release, the reasoning being that doing so would send a bad signal to other artists.

Nor, for the same reason, did any label want rights for distribution to all physical and digital platforms worldwide. In fact, manager Mark Gillespie was turned down by all other labels that he approached.

Marketing, as well as distribution, is a needed component, but to quote one label head, “We are not doing second-week releases.”

The album has now come and gone, and rights owners are using Ocean’s failed DIY experiment as a case study illustrating why artists still need record companies.

SPOTIFY SINGS A SONG OF ONG
Meet the streamer's new editor in chief. (10/21a)
TOP 20: LOVER IS A FIGHTER
It's neck-and-neck heading into the final day of the sales week. (10/21a)
GRAMMY COUNTRY ALBUM CONTENDERS
With Kacey out, who's a likely nominee? (10/21a)
"EASY" IMPACT: ADELE'S AIRWAVE TAKEOVER
Another domino falls. (10/18a)
A MOVING HITS LIST
For Adele, it's "Easy," for the Grammys, not so much. (10/20a)
ADELE ADELE ADELE
Adele; Adele Adele?
ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE
A... dele?
ADELE ADELE
Adele Adele; Adele.
ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE
(Adele.)
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)