Smashing Pumpkin’s Corgan blame-games iTunes

Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan launched a scathing attack on iTunes, blaming the service for his decision not to release a full album ever again in future.

The Smashing Pumpkins won’t release another album in future, the singer said, “We’re done with that. There is no point. People don’t even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles and skip over the rest.”

Corgan says the future of music releases won’t include the album format, but that artists will choose to release single tracks instead. “The listening patterns have changed,” he said.

“So why are we killing ourselves to do albums, to create balance and do the arty track to set up the single? It’s done.”

His statements reflect frustration among some musicians at Apple’s refusal to loosen-up its one price fits all track pricing policy, and the belief among some in the industry that enabling albums to be sold on a per-track basis means fans only purchase the album’s lead tracks.

However, the counter-argument among music lovers declares that with some albums beefed-up with weaker tracks, the album format has killed itself. Others reflect that the very best of albums from the very best of bands get downloaded in their entirety.

As Banco De Gaia’s Toby Marks once said, “All music is not created equal.”

4 thoughts on “Smashing Pumpkin’s Corgan blame-games iTunes

  1. D9

    Really…sorry it sucks for you Billy, but it’s sucked for us consumers for about 50 years! It’s about time we had the opportunity to buy what WE want, not what have to.

  2. John Lockwood

    The music industry had managed to effectively kill off the single with the result that the music charts were a joke. (CD Singles were outrageously expensive.)

    Apple came along with the iTunes Store and breathed new life in to the single not least because they charged a reasonable price but also because the charts now really reflect sales and not the mockery they used to be.

    So, Apple generates BILLIONS of sales, and the musicians and music companies do nothing but complain.

    Apple then come up with ‘complete my album’ as a way to upsell people from singles to albums in a way that is fair to both customers and musicians/music companies. Note: as far as I am aware, none of the other download stores off this still.

    So what do the musicians and music companies do, continue to whine like the spoilt little babies they are.

    Apple, could make albums on iTunes more attractive still, if the moronic musicians and music companies would let them, by making albums (and only albums) available in DRM free Apple Lossless format – that is effectively equal to a CD.

    Of course the idiots in charge of the music companies will never allow this.

  3. KenC

    So, Billy, are you saying your customers, the people who would buy your music, are too stupid to know that they are supposed to buy your fully-formed artistic vision, as an album? Is it the vendor’s fault, or is it the customer’s or is it the artist’s? I mean, who’s responsible? Surely, the Smashing Pumpkinhead fans know that to fully appreciate Billy Corgan’s vision, they should buy the whole album, or maybe they’re smarter than Billy Corgan?

  4. Charlie

    He is only one in a long line of artists to announce similiar things.

    Ash announced the exact same thing a year ago.

    Yawn, good that their PR people are getting them column inches, but blah. its boring to hear the same things again and again.

    I dont think the album is dead, i just think there is a lack of musicians writing good albums.

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