Digital Music News reports that superstar artists are having a hard time filling venues:
It looks like Rihanna may cancel a string of upcoming US tour dates. “Ticket sales in big US cities like Boston are so bad, they barely cover basics....Tour managers are begging local radio stations to do giveaways.”
The labels and artists are struggling. They can’t sell CDs. They can’t fill venues.
Yet they tell us radio is an obsolete buggy-whip business. Record company executives tell us radio is dead.
The RIAA tells us that radio is stealing money from poor artists. And artists swoon at the opportunity to do SiriusXM interviews on channels with no listeners.
But when they can't fill a club or a stadium, who do they call? They call radio.
Just maybe they ought to rethink their adversarial attitude towards broadcast radio.