NIN: Tops music charts, earns Grammy nomination January 6, 2009 by thornet Leave a comment Category: copyfight, digital culture Significant news for the future of the music biz, and a clearly persuasive case study for openly licensed content: NIN’s Creative Commons licensed Ghosts I-IV has been making lots of headlines these days. First, there’s the critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations, which testify to the work’s strength as a musical piece. But what has got us really excited is how well the album has done with music fans. Aside from generating over $1.6 million in revenue for NIN in its first week, and hitting #1 on Billboard’s Electronic charts, Last.fm has the album ranked as the 4th-most-listened to album of the year, with over 5,222,525 scrobbles. Even more exciting, however, is that Ghosts I-IV is ranked the best selling MP3 album of 2008 on Amazon’s MP3 store. Take a moment and think about that. NIN fans could have gone to any file sharing network to download the entire CC-BY-NC-SA album legally. Many did, and thousands will continue to do so. So why would fans bother buying files that were identical to the ones on the file sharing networks? One explanation is the convenience and ease of use of NIN and Amazon’s MP3 stores. But another is that fans understood that purchasing MP3s would directly support the music and career of a musician they liked. The next time someone tries to convince you that releasing music under CC will cannibalize digital sales, remember that Ghosts I-IV broke that rule, and point them here. Repost from “NIN’s CC-Licensed Best-Selling MP3 Album” by Fred Benenson, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Post navigation Previous Previous Post Next Next Post
Significant news for the future of the music biz, and a clearly persuasive case study for openly licensed content:
Repost from “NIN’s CC-Licensed Best-Selling MP3 Album” by Fred Benenson, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.