Jewel Signs On For Instant Live CDs

Published: 2004-06-28
Jewel has become the first artist on a major record label to sign with Clear Channel to have Instant Live CDs available from her concerts. Only a select number of concerts have been chosen for taping.

Clear Channel is the biggest competitor with Disc Live for the production of CDs that are available within minutes after a concert has concluded. Clear Channel is also one of the conglomerates in the US who owns a majority of the nation's radio and television stations. Clear Channel has been under fire for charges of monopolizing concert markets by not sharing revenues and not paying the artists.

According to Steve Simon, the director of Instant Live – the artist and record company will make more money than Clear Channel on each CD. Simon claims that approximately 20 percent of concert goers purchase a CD of the show they just attended.

Clear Channel – who is trying to patent the Instant Live concept – plans to expand the project to downloadable MP3s and market to retail chain sales. At present Virgin and FYE carry copies of concerts that were recorded live from the participating artists. Online retailers are www.newburycomics.com, www.amazon.com, and www.cdbaby.com.

With the signing of Jewel, Clear Channel hopes that more artists will participate in Instant Live. Clear Channel views the program as a new stream of income for artists and the music industry.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum

   

 

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I really hope more artists take part in the new music concept. I was at a Billy Idol concert a few months ago where this was offered, the process was easy, just pay, take your ticket and get inline. The line looked long and like we would be there forever...about fifteen minutes of standing chatting with some great people the line started moving and the cd's were in our hands. It was incredible to walk out of there with a memory of the concert right in my hand..the sound and quality was perfect. And the cost...$10.00 what more could you ask for.
Posted by: muzikfiendz on July 26, 2004
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