About 20 years ago, a Bay Area rapper asked on one of his group’s hit singles, "If you’re really dope, why ain’t you signed yet?" Within a decade, though, that group was releasing new music on its own label. In an open music industry, that whole concept of "getting signed" is no longer a measure of success. In fact, it’s largely irrelevant. An open music industry enables talented and hard-working artists and collectives of artists to succeed on their own terms, without the need of a major label.
Take a look at who’s #1 on iTunes this week. Why ain’t they signed yet? Because nobody needs gatekeepers when there are no more gates…
Playlist for Dave’s Lounge #252:
- Pillowfight, "Used To Think" Buy from: iTunes
- Four Eyes, "Under the Heavens" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Liberty Klaud, "Her Smiling Eyes" Buy from: Beatport
- Calima Shatiday, "Were We Really There" Buy from: iTunes
- Sleepthief, "Another Day" Buy from: SleepthiefMusic.com
- Van, "Minute of Nostalgia" Buy from: iTunes
- The Gulf Stream, "Antares" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Fanesha Fabre and Chikara Aoshima, "Take Your Time" Share on: SoundCloud
- Dam Mantle, "Blueberry" Buy from: iTunes
- Mister Lies, "Hounded" Buy from: iTunes
- Quadraphonic Sound Project, "Chasing Ghosts" Free download from: SoundCloud
- Akshin Alizadeh, "The Shine Box" Buy from: iTunes
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