Will artists continue to organize music in Albums?
Or they will go by mood, collections, style, or any other different than the way is it today?
It’s clear to most of us that traditional way of purchasing music in physical format will be “vintage” for our kids, as online streaming, digital formats and other ways to download music will make the reminder of the physical CD business go away.
But despite all that transformation there is something that still persist that is the concept of creating an “album”.
In the old Vinyl, Cassettes and CD’s days artists would need to create at least 10 songs so they can build a package that can be sold and that it pays the raw materials and distribution. Singles would be limited to few artists while long plays would be the most common as it would make financial sense to do it and for consumers they can go once in a while to the record shop and get a bunch of new songs in one go.
But will that model prevail in a world 100% digital?. We are yet to see but one of the expected transformations is that “albums” make no longer sense.. As people stream online or purchase individual songs
So instead of an artist be spending time creating songs just for the sake of filling the gap between those 3 very good songs and the remaining 7 they need to create to launch a CD.. They can now focus on good quality songs and get rid of those B-Sides songs or C-sides in some cases.
This will also allow a musician to keep their followers updated with new songs more frequent instead of just 10 songs once every two years and everybody would be happy
Musicians will need to redefine what an album is in a digital world.. They may still want to call it in a way that allows them to group songs together but they may not necessarily be grouped by date instead by style or collection or mood or something else that we don’t know yet.
More to come, for a period of time artists will continue to follow legacy practices but new musicians that were born after ITunes, Spotify and others will continue to transform the way we consume music and the way they sell it