Hey everyone. Recently, Benn Jordan's latest album was released under the record label Alphabasic Records, "the distribution of which will hopefully set precedent in the music industry." (STM) I found this article to be very interesting. So this is for all of the pirates looking for something to feel good about, and to all that insist on supporting the artist and paying for music. If anyone is interested, the album can be downloaded from Jordan's blog: http://www.bennjordan.com/blog/ I hope you all enjoy.
If you can read this, then you've more than likely downloaded this album from a peer to peer network or torrent.
You probably expect the rest of this message to tell you that you're
hurting musicians and breaking just about every copyright law in the
book. Well, it won't tell you that.
What I would like to tell you is that my record label understands that
a large portion of people pirate music because it is easier than buying
it. CDs scratch easily, most pay-per-download sites have poor quality
and shitty DRM protection, and vinyl is near impossible to find or ship
In many cases I wonder why people buy CDs at all anymore. A few like
the tangible artwork, some haven't adapted to MP3s yet, but most do it
because they have a profound love for music and want to support the
artists making it. Kind of restores your faith in humanity for a moment
So, now what?
Like the album? About to go "support the artist" on iTunes?
Alphabasic is currently in a legal battle against Apple because NONE of
our material (Sublight Records included) receives a dime of royalty
from the vast amount of sales iTunes has generated using our material.
Want to buy a CD just to show your support?
If you don't particularly like CDs, don't bother.
Retailers like Best Buy and Amazon spike the price so high that their
cut is often 8 times higher than the artist's. Besides, most CDs are
made out of unrecyclable plastic and leave a nasty footprint in your
If you do particularly like CDs, buy them from the label (in our case,
alphabasic.com). After manufacturing costs are recuperated, our artists usually receive over 90% of the actual money coming out of your wallet.
In addition, all of our physical products are made out of 100% recycled material.
Want to show your support?
and browse our library of lossless, DRM-free downloads.
Already have that?
Then feel free to donate whatever you want to your favorite artist. 100% will go directly to them.
Hell, you can even donate a penny just to thank the artist.
If you really like 'The Flashbulb - Soundtrack To A Vacant Life'
and want to show your support without it going to greedy retailers,
distributors, and coked-up label reps, then click the button below.
If you send us your mailing address, Alphabasic may occasionally send you
various goodies (overstocks, stickers, even rare CDs) in appreciation
and encouragement for your support.
Thanks for reading.
Who knows if my little business plan here will work to fund new
releases, but even failure is better than the crappy
label/distributor/retailer system musicians have suffered from for over
We hope you enjoy the music as much as we do releasing it.
Finally, if you plan on sharing this release, please include this file. The only reason it is here is to show the listener where he can support his favorite artists!
CEO - Alphabasic Records