SOLAR NAVIGATOR - MUSIC INDEX
Listen to the songs performed by our featured artists below for free in Mp3 format. Some artists are looking for a record deal. Others are contributors without an agenda. If you are a recording artist and would like to help stop Climate Chaos, it would help us if you would consider using one of our songs, or recording a song of your own and dedicating it to the World Navigation Challenge by way of sponsorship.
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Recording artists: We have a number of songs available for you to perform, purchase or otherwise negotiate rights to. All monies raised from this site is to be used to send a message to world leaders that there is an alternative to Petrol Wars, Nuclear Power, Poverty and Famine.
WARNER MUSIC GROUP (AOL TIME WARNER)
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The object of recording companies is to get their share of 20,000 new titles each year on the shelves of retailers and in the hands of the public.
The music shelves are already very full with over 100,000 back-listed titles. So that the (local band) Intraverse are not only competing with Eminem for space, they are also fighting with five decades of predecessors from Chuck Berry and the Beatles through to Metallica and Aerosmith.
It costs several million dollars to record and launch any major new pop album these days. And audience tastes are unpredictable, hence many launches are doomed. Music companies must rely on the occasional big hit among the many flops. Winning shelf space is harder than itís ever been with digital distribution via the Internet, where fans have been sharing recordings and avoiding buying recordings off the shelves.
Music then is in transition. Itís going from a tangible that you buy off the shelves to an intangible, something thatís on the Net and available to anyone who can in turn record them on tape or CD. This new situation has the big five companies worried with good reason as they adapt to remain competitive. NK
In the last ten years the $40 billion music industry has been taken over by five companies, exerting vertical and horizontal control over almost every aspect of the industry. These five own virtually every record label you can name. Many of these labels with histories back to the Victrola days (like RCA Victor and Parlophone) are now under the control of a handful of international entertainment conglomerates that have learned to prolong shelf life and dominate shelf space ruthlessly. Although changes in the way music is delivered are a threat to the giants, they have the financial, legal, and technological muscle to minimize their losses and maximize their gains.
There are five major record label conglomerates, who control over 80% of all the titles produced in the United States and comparable percentages in the rest of the world. They are Warner Music, EMI Group, Universal Music Group (UMG), Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony. These also own distribution companies that control over 80% of the wholesale market. They are also becoming a bigger presence in the retail sale of recordings. And it seems every time an independent begins to build new markets, it soon gets bought out by one of the big guys and the pace of consolidation is increasing.
Here are descriptions of the Big Five (as currently constituted) with some notes.
AOL-Time-Warner says that this piece of their empire is not on the table, though so many others are. Warner/Chappell, with over a million titles, is a major money-maker.
EMI is the only major music company that is not part of a conglomerate. For that reason, its declining sales and profits must hurt all the more. The bright point is the music publishing division, which is the largest in the world, with over a million song titles.
Sony is the number two music company, but its growth has stagnated. Sony's ownership is a product of its its foray into the media world, a decision from which Sony never derived the hoped-for synergy.
UMG is the world' largest music company, and its growth over the past year has far outstripped its rivals'. Yet it's parent company is in trouble, and it may yet be sold, if anyone wants it enough.
BMG saw a significant decline in sales in 2001. Bertelsmann certainly wants to get rid of it, but with UMG on the block, it will be hard.
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