This is huge for artists. This is huge for fans. This is huge for independents.
This week, Seattle locals Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made the Billboard top 200 at #2 with their album “The Heist.” The #1 album right now is “Babel” by Mumford & Sons, also an indie act. The top two positions on the carts are independents without studio funding or strings attached. For at least one week, these artists beat the record label circus at its own game.
As the Billboard article notes, this success “comes after years of steady growth.” To quote lyrics from the opening track on this album:
The Greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint.
The Greats were great because they paint a lot.
Work hard and keep working. Don’t accept mediocrity. In this world it’s anyone’s game now.