COREY TAYLOR: Music Business ‘Can’t Catch Up With The Technology’

August 6, 2015

Slipknot / Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor thinks record labels are continuing to lose the digital music battle or piracy war because they “can’t catch up with the technology.”

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Sales of digital albums fell 9 percent in 2014 to 117.6 million, while songs dropped 12 percent to 1.26 billion, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, there was a 54 percent growth in on-demand streams of audio and video music-related content. (Total streams were up from 106 billion in 2013 to 164 billion in 2014.)

During an appearance on VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk’s podcast, “Eddie Trunk Podcast”, Taylor talked about kids’ preference for having access to items rather than owning them. He said: “People have been doing for a while on YouTube. Like, they would pull up YouTube on their phone and just listen to it there. ‘Cause everybody puts the official video up there, or there’s the lyric video, so you don’t need to necessarily watch the video to hear it.”

He continued: “For me, it’s an interesting dichotomy. Because, on one hand, you’ve got people who are streaming, but then they use that to decide whether or not they wanna buy the album, as opposed to illegal downloading. But then there’s the other side of it where people are kind of using it as, basically, satellite radio, where it’s, like, ‘I’m just gonna listen to this.’ But people still pay a subscription for it. So, in one way or another, the economy is still working. It’s just that… We can’t catch up with the technology; that’s the problem. There’s so many innovations that the powers that be can’t figure out… they can’t get ahead of it.”

“It’s funny, ’cause I look at it like chasing a serial killer, basically,” Corey said. “It’s, like, you’re constantly trying to get ahead of them, following the evidence of what’s going to happen next, so you can stop it. The labels have kind of started doing that — they’re trying to see where it’s going to head — but because the technology’s so frenetic, you can’t really get ahead of it. So you’ve got people like me… And I’m very fortunate — I kind of established myself before any of that happened. I mean, we were the last generation… We got grandfathered in, as I like to say.”