Pink Floyd Goes Offline Amid Albums-Vs-Singles Argument


Pink Floyd, which was fighting EMI in court to have only its full albums sold online, has now seen most of its material pulled offline anyway, after its EMI contract expired.

Billboard says the contract expired on June 30.

This doesn’t directly affect the case the band was pressing to oppose unbundling of its albums in to individual digital tracks, which we reported on in March, since now most material isn’t available in any digital form – but the band may be hard-pressed to win that right in a new label deal it is seeking…Get the full story at

Billboard: “Label sources say that Pink Floyd’s management was shopping the band’s entire catalog for a licensing deal about 18 months ago, asking each major to explain how it would market the band’s catalog and to make a bid.”

Truth is, as much as some few acts might oppose the deconstruction of the unit of their output from album to track, this is the model that has sustained labels in the last five years as scant bulwark against unauthorised downloading…

Any label looking for to sign Floyd to a new deal will likely demand this practice continue, not least because few online retail methods exist today for purchasing albums as single entities.

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Discussion4 Comments

  1. Ugh. This is why I hate the major labels so much. They’re so intent on having a set “model”, and then trying for FORCE it to work across ALL ARTISTS ON EARTH. What the heck is so horrible about looking at your roster, and trying to figure out the best thing to do with each individual act? Trying to distribute Pink Floyd music Justin Bieber-style makes no sense to me. Artists like Floyd can manage their own stuff better than these hacks.

  2. Are Pink Floyd Crazy? Labels need THEM more than they need labels! They would be crazy to go anywhere near a major label at this point. WE all know about major labels. We all know about ITUNES and The RIAA. They are all the KISS OF DEATH. Pink Floyd are going to, until things change, have music downloaded via the net and make NOTHING for 99% of it that is. They should manage themselves. Labels aren’t going to do ANYTHING for Pink Floyd. Irving Azoff and David Geffin might. But the labels won’t.

  3. I can’t see the point of anyone wanting to buy individual Floyd tracks – bar a few singles such as Brick in the Wall. Real fans will buy the original DVDs and people getting into the music for the first time will find other avenues to hear their music.

  4. Here’s the thing Pink Floyd have the right to distribute their albums the way they see fit, as a collective unit or piece by piece. They opt to sell their albums as whole units not singles, fine. However from a money point of view, most people that buy the singles would go back and get the entire album since, after all, it’s Pink Floyd and to truly appreciate their music you need to listen to the album in it’s entirety as they designed it. By refusing to sell singles they are alienating potential fans and losing money in the long run.

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