Well, it’s definitely been an interesting few weeks, looking across the ballfield of TikTok vs Universal Music. What is heartening to see is that major labels such as Universal Music seem to have finally learned from previous mistakes made initially in the 1980s.
The same platform that brought you cat videos and cringe-worthy influencers is now the go-to place for snagging every song imaginable. Thanks to some clever websites, you can rip the audio from any YouTube video, download it as an MP3 or .wav file, and sail the seas of free music. No subscriptions, no ads, no hassle.
In the jungle of today's music industry, Nile Rodgers of Chic fame suggests that David Bowie would have faced a swift exit before reaching stardom. Rodgers, the wizard behind Bowie's '80s breakthrough, "Let’s Dance," claims that modern labels are more interested in profit margins than nurturing unique talent.