The recent first week sales of Marilyn Manson‘s new album “Born Villain” (38,000 sold in the U.S. first week) caused Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe to rant about the state of the industry on his Twitter.
You can read what he had to say below:
“So Marilyn Manson’s new record debuted at #10 w/just over 38k sold, including iTunes. He released it independently on his own record. This is a guy with 3 platinum records, 3 gold, 5 top 10 debuts including two NUMBER ONE RECORDS in the US.
He also has a HUGE CULT FOLLOWING. A #10 record? 38,000 sold first week for arguably one of the biggest “underground” type acts? IT’S FUCKING PATHETIC. The industry is DYING.
All the people who argue about not feeding the record labels, the corporate machine, etc, about how artists should just release their albums THEMSELVES and THE FANS, THE REAL UNDERGROUND FANS will back them to support the artists? There is your fucking answer.
I don’t listen to MM but dude has cred for making his own artistic choices. He hasnt released a record in 3 years & his fans, his HUGE ASS FAN BASE, could only chart 38k records? That’s fucked up- MM is a MUCH LARGER BAND than LOG, & we outsold him by over 10k 1st week.
Not because we have gotten bigger, but because we had a label, a promotional machine behind us. So so much for the “release it yourself & we will support the artist” “and not the greedy corporate label pigs” theory. Amazing.
MM is rich as fuck, & this won’t put him in the poorhouse by any means, but if a huge-ass rockstar like him can only sell 38k records 1st week, RELEASING IT HIMSELF, then how are the bands putting out their FIRST record when nobody knows who they are supposed to survive? Don’t cry for me, Argentina- I can tour til the cows come home & pay my bills.
But I feel sorry for the young bands. Good luck guys & gals- yer gonna need it. “Support the artists no the labels…” GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE.”
Update – May 09th 3:04pm:
Blythe has since followed up his initial rant with the following:
“Anyway, the whole point of that was not to draw comparisons to my band’s & MM’s quality of music (thanks for the compliments y’all, haha), differences in styles, who is more popular, etc.- I’m just saying that when a “underground” music star THAT BIG sells THAT LITTLE amount, it shows me that things will only get harder for younger bands as the labels sink further and further into disrepair.
There’s solid underground labels with ethical owners (I am friends with some of them) who do this thing for the love of MUSIC, TO GET IT OUT THERE, AND TO HELP YOUNG BANDS- but if truly (comparatively) no one is buying records, even from the independents, then eventually no one will be there to help the younger bands get where they need to be.
I have a good life. I’m smart with my $, & I don’t “live large” (ie STUPIDLY)- don’t need to, & I don’t want to. I have a solid career as long as I want it. So I ain’t worried about ME- I’ll be FINE- but I do worry for those young bands. Because I LOVE the younger bands that KICK MY ASS and make me feel OLD & feel like I BETTER step my game up OR ELSE.
I just want those bands to have a goddamned chance at making it, same chance I had. Someone has got to sing the new songs, & somehow those songs NEED TO BE HEARD.”