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Posted By Barry Ritholtz On October 4, 2005 @ 6:19 am In Music | Comments Disabled
A rather surprising acknowledgement from Billboard:
The back story of Fiona Apple’s first new
album in six years, "Extraordinary Machine" — which comes out October
4 — is truly, well, extraordinary. Earlier this year, 11 of Apple’s tracks leaked on the Internet, making the rounds on peer-to-peer networks.
Although the tactic is often part of a label strategy to build
excitement for a project, the leaks devastated the singer. The songs
"weren’t done at all, and these weren’t the versions I wanted to put
out on an album," she says of the Jon Brion-produced tracks.
Fascinating admission by the mainstream media.
In the past, any mention of the legitimate promotional uses of P2P — i.e., U2 , Eminem , Revenge of the Sith  — was more or less looked at askance. But given what we know about Radio’s wounded business mode l and the impact of Radio consolidation on CD sales , we really shouldn’t be surprised at all.
Welcome to Fiona Apple’s ‘Machine’ 
Billboard, Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:06 PM ET
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URLs in this post:
 U2: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/11/was_u2s_p2p_rel.html
 Eminem: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/11/no_coincidences.html
 Revenge of the Sith: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2005/05/was_revenge_of_.html
 Radio’s wounded business mode: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/07/clear_channels_.html
 Radio consolidation on CD sales: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/02/radio_consolida.html
 Welcome to Fiona Apple’s ‘Machine’: http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=musicNews&storyID=2005-09-30T220514Z_01_KRA079519_RTRIDST_0_MUSIC-APPLE-DC.XML&archived=False
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