The Future for Independent Record Labels

Written by Eugene Brooks

Small independent record labels are facing a different fight today to obtain a share ofrepparttar music industry. The best possible means in which small labels were able to get their CD’s sold vanished in 2003 when Southwest Wholesale Records and Tapes closedrepparttar 146736 doors. The ability to have their music placed in a position to be sold alongrepparttar 146737 same shelves asrepparttar 146738 major record labels is becoming increasingly more difficult. The absence of competition onrepparttar 146739 shelves has generated an increase in profits forrepparttar 146740 major labels. What can smaller more nimble labels do to compete withrepparttar 146741 major labels?

Promotion and Radio The major labels have a tight grip onrepparttar 146742 radio, for example, it is probablyrepparttar 146743 means in which to promote and break in a new artist. (Mayberepparttar 146744 hold is a little tight and illegal: Eliot Spitzer, New York’s attorney general, is investigating whetherrepparttar 146745 majors bribe radio stations to play their music.) The amount of money and influence thatrepparttar 146746 majors have cannot be matched by a smaller record labels. They cannot fight this battle and often songs that are deservingly good enough to be played will not be played. Play lists are generated in a single office and downloaded torepparttar 146747 station managers to every part ofrepparttar 146748 country. The station managers have no choice but to play whatrepparttar 146749 corporate headquarters have instructed them to play forrepparttar 146750 day. What then can smaller more nimble labels do to compete withrepparttar 146751 major labels?

Attacks On Traditional Values Are Not Selling At The Box Office

Written by Bill Knell

I have always believed inrepparttar right of free expression. People should be able to express an opinion without being punished for it. The exceptions to that rule are using an opinion to defame without cause, slander someone or attack their ethnicity. That goes far beyondrepparttar 146623 fair expression of an opinion. Couldrepparttar 146624 current slump in movie ticket sales berepparttar 146625 result of Hollywood's war against traditional values? Have liberal actors gone too far in their political expressions to remain marketable?

Many of this year’s films feature some of Hollywood’s most liberal and outspoken actors. Most ofrepparttar 146626 plots, it can be argued, have a decidedly liberal and even anti-conservative slant. It may be that liberals were encouraged withrepparttar 146627 financial success of Michael Moore’s film, Fahrenheit 9/11. However, that was during an election year when people were hungry to hear both sides ofrepparttar 146628 issue. That hunger, it seems, has subsided.

Can be it thatrepparttar 146629 liberals in Hollywood have become so philosophically disconnected fromrepparttar 146630 average American that they no longer care about what their audiences really want to see? Almost every film released features characters that are divorced, separated or single with children. Traditional mothers, fathers and couples are portrayed as bored, worn out, soulless people who live meaningless lives. Today’s villains arerepparttar 146631 CEOs of greedy corporations. Didn’t anyone in Tinsel Town noticerepparttar 146632 popularity of The Apprentice?

I have been on this Earth for forty some years. During that time, many things have changed. The one thing that has not is that people go torepparttar 146633 movies to escape. They don’t want their superheroes trying to teach them a series of liberal social values. They do not want The Godfather trying to saverepparttar 146634 whales. They don’t want every coming of age film to automatically include a gay or lesbian character. They want to be entertained. When films become dreary morality lessons and cease to entertain, people stop going torepparttar 146635 movies.

With America going in a decidedly conservative direction, it does not seem unreasonable to ask for more films where people who don’t leave, get a sex change operation or reveal they are gay get some credit. There are a lot of moms and dads out there working very hard to keep their family together. Many of them do not see their lives are empty, wasted or meaningless. Not all teenagers are joyriding, smoking pot or having relations with everything that moves. Some actually have some respect for themselves and know better.

There was a time when many Americans allowed Hollywood liberals to tell them how to think. They maderepparttar 146636 films and we were expected to simply show up at theaters because entertainment choices were limited. That’s no longerrepparttar 146637 case. With a zillion cable channels, an ever-growing volume of independent conservative films and portable media that fits in our pocket, we can now select our own entertainment.

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