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Carl Barat accuses Coldplay of ‘jumping on the free music bandwagon’

Carl Barat accuses Coldplay of ‘jumping on the free music bandwagon’

Those Brits sure do love sipping on the haterade. Carl Barat, former Libertine and current frontman for Dirty Pretty Things, is calling out Coldplay for offering the single “Violet Hill” for free download. Barat said that “big name, big money bands who release their stuff for free are harming the scene.” He added that the music industry is “struggling financially, and this is like missile after missile.” Barat finished his attack by stating that it was nearly impossible for new bands to compete in an environment where large, financially secure bands are releasing music for free.

 

Though Coldplay and Radiohead are obviously in a different tax bracket than Barat, his criticism doesn’t necessarily hit the mark. Both bands got to a place where they are able to release music for free by putting out albums that people wanted to buy in the first place. No matter what the eventual state of the music industry, that should be the artist’s primary focus and will lead to increased exposure and more financial returns. If this isn’t the case, maybe Barat and his band should become even more forward thinking, and develop the next innovation in the industry. [Gigwise]

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I think he has a point, but I think people don't care.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

What is this, an editorial?

incred.

I hate that the common public think Radiohead did this "revolutionary" new thing...they weren't the first ones to do it by any means. Plus I'm not sure what they cared about more: giving the fans music for free or simply being recognized as that band who did it -and started it. Now they're doing a 2.0 social site? Stop trying to be revolutionary and just play.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/dukkookim/6460_1130716601218_1626340558_309884_1280450_njpg.jpg dukkookim

whats wrong with doing both?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

I DONT BELIVE THIS.. THIS IS BULLsH*(*T..COLDPLAY HAS NOTHING AGAINST ANYONE. THEY ARE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BAND. (BUT DIFF MUSIC) SO, I DONT THINK THAT THAT IS TRUE AND I AM STILL WITH ME BAND cOLDPLAy. SO, NOBODY OR NOTHJING CAN PULL THEIR FANS AWAY. aND IF PEOPLE DO IT IS THJAT THETY ARE BULLSH*TERS...SO I SAYT IF UR W/ COLDPLAY PLEZ SUPPORT THEM. IF UR NOT, THEN GO f**K URSELF...COLDPLAY ROXS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) BITCHEZ

-MARIEA jANE

WHAT THE......F*y&

nothing wrong with "being" both. "Trying" to be both is pretentious and straight-up annoying. Just an opinion.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/dukkookim/6460_1130716601218_1626340558_309884_1280450_njpg.jpg dukkookim

Opinions make the world go round.

Also in most cases trying, precedes being.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

I don’t think Carl and his mates want a fan base who actually listens to Coldplay. If every new band that ever was tried to appease the audience and the markets with ‘more of the same’ non innovative music (which supposedly people ‘wanted to buy’), we would have never had the Stones, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Black Flag and even Nirvana.

I think the music critiques in their mundane days of critiquing the CD of Britney and Jessica; forget that Music essentially is an art form and not a publicity tool to sell shoes and reality TV shows. On the other hand the former co-frontman of a band as revolutionary as the Libertines has the necessary street cred to comment on what is obviously a shameless publicity stunt.

If some Critiques actually knew their stuff they will know that Carl has already pioneered the “next innovation in the industry” way back in 2002. In doing so Carl Barat has earned the right to state his opinion on how soulless the music industry has become. But if all my banter is confusing you and you are still scratching your head wandering “who the hell is Carl Barat?” just ask your cool teenage nephew!!

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