The 2014 Record Store Day has come and gone. And as per usual, there were quite a lot of interesting releases. Getting them, however, was quite a different story.
I don't live in the UK, but a fantastic local record store over here put in an order for loads of titles - including a special order of the exclusive 7" release of "Golden Boy" by Kylie Minogue. The supplier told them that it was available to order, so all I had to do was to go to the store last Saturday to pick it up. Well, no such luck! Instead, the whole order for the store was fucked up, with loads of missing titles they were supposed to get.
Besides Kylie, I had my eye on several other releases - including Pet Shop Boys and Grace Jones. Going to e-bay, I found that the Pet Shop Boys release was going for as high as 100 pounds with the Kylie 7" going for about 50 pounds. I am still trying to get the Kylie one for a decent price!
Obviously, fans (and at least some of the artists) are not very happy about this. Paul Weller has released an excellent statement on the whole thing:
Paul Weller has posted a statement on his
website explaining that he won't be taking part in any further Record Store
Weller's fans were left disheartened when
they were unable to purchase his specially released, limited edition single on
2014's Record Store Day (April 19). The record, which included Weller tracks
'Brand New Toy' and 'Landslide', sold out, with touts then listing copies for
sale on eBay at inflated prices.
Weller's statement reads: "This is a
message to all the fans who couldn't get the new vinyl single on Record Store
Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay. I agree with all of you who have sent
messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these
"limited editions" by touts.
Apart from making the record, the
rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and
unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again. It's such a shame because as you know
I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a
fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy
There were copies of my single on
eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing
outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening
time! It only takes a few to spoil a
wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts.
Don't support their trade and don't
let them use Record Store Day to ruin the very thing it's designed to
Clearly, it has not only become nearly impossible to get concert tickets these day because of bloody scalpers and touts. As if the music business needed any more attempts to try and suck the life out of it! UPDATE:
Record Store Day's organisers have
"We share Paul Weller's frustration at evidence that
'Brand New Toy' has been offered for sale on eBay, and we are disappointed that
despite our best efforts to drive out the touts, once again some people are
seeking to exploit the goodwill of artists and labels by selling RSD exclusives
at vastly-inflated prices on eBay.
At just 500 copies, Paul Weller's 'Brand
New Toy' was one of the most limited editions available on RSD and so some
re-selling was expected. However, thanks to the measures we have taken on
re-sales, overall the number of complaints about unauthorised sales this year
is well down on previous years, though we continue to monitor eBay on an
We clearly cannot control the activities of
members of the public, but the Record Store Day Code of Conduct makes it clear
that any store found to be complicit in unauthorised sales on eBay faces being
banned from future events.
Record Store Day would not exist without
the support and commitment of artists and labels and we take our responsibility
to them very seriously."
It is always nice to see a diva throw a bit of a hissy fit, isn't it? While the term "diva" might no be completely appropriate to describe Italian boobie gal Sabrina, here is a footage of her from French TV around 25 years ago. She's there on a very hot day to promote her Euro hit "Gringo", but things don't get off to a great start...
The song itself was a non-album single, released in 1989 (after previous hits like "Boys", "All Of Me" and "My Chico"). It peaked inside the Top 10 in some European countries, including Finland and Italy. But I digress - here is poor Sabrina having a bad day, bless her...
Prince has signed a landmark record deal
with Warner Bros.
The singer's contract is expected to
include an album of new material, and it comes 18 years after he left the label
amid much controversy. He famously rushed the release of five
albums in a span of two years beginning in 1994 in order to be free of his
contractual obligation to Warner Bros. He also went by The Artist Formerly
Known as Prince for a time as a form of protest.
Prince's new deal with Warner Bros will
also see his influential album Purple Rain receive a deluxe edition in honour
of its 30th anniversary this year.
He also regains control of his back
catalogue of LPs that were originally recorded for Warner Bros.
"A brand-new studio album is on the
way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the
results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working
relationship," the musician said in a statement to Billboard. Prince has increased his public profile
over the last several months, holding a string of concerts in London and making
a special appearance at the Brit Awards.
He also took part in a one-night takeover
of The Arsenio Hall Show earlier in the spring.