I think a big theme of 2007 in the media is going to be the “death of the compact disc.” We’ve heard this a little bit throughout the last few years, but this year it’s gonna get loud.
At the MidemNet conference this weekend, Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas talked about working with Michael Jackson on his new album, and how he is pushing him for a digital only release:
[Will.i.am] is currently working in the studio with Michael Jackson on the veteran singer’s forthcoming album, raising the prospect of an exclusive online release.
“I dream how he could be the first major artist to release a record through this platform without a record company,” Will told paidContent.org. “Groups that I work with in the future that don’t want to go the traditional route with the record company but want to use this independent route and make money, I would do that with them.” He said Jackson was in “great shape” and the two are working on “strong melodies that affect people emotionally and rhythms that make people dance. I think he’s probably the only person that doesn’t need a label and, through social networking, be able to release his album and be successfully independently … straight from the studio onto the web for people to purchase. I hope he uses the Musicane thing—that would be fresh.” (full story)