The day CDs died



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One of music’s best-selling acts has just announced he’ll no longer release music on CDs. We all know CDs are on the way out, but this is the first time a major artist has shunned the format. “Uuuuuuum, so there it is… No more CDs from me,” Kanye West said on Twitter yesterday. “The Yeezus album packaging was an open casket to CDs r.i.p”

Yeezus was West’s sixth studio album, and it came out on June 18, 2013. There was no album art – just a CD in a clear jewel box held shut by a piece of tape. “With this album, we ain’t dropping no single to radio,” West said in 2013. “We ain’t got no NBA campaign, nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music.”

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Digital music sales overtook physical music sales in 2014.

“In 2014, digital revenue grew nearly 7 percent to $6.85 billion, while physical sales — of which CDs make up the vast majority — fell 8 percent to $6.82 billion,” The Verge reports.

Yeezus topped the Billboard 200 on its debut, and it sold 327,000 copies in its first week. West’s newest album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ came out last month. It’s only available for streaming on TIDAL – Jay Z’s streaming service, of which West owns a stake. I’ll be interested to see if “The Life of Pablo” ends up on a CD in the future. In the meantime, West continues to flout the music industries traditional marketing methods.

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3 comments on “The day CDs died
  1. Digital is crap, give me cds albums and 45s anyday,another way for people to be lazy, get to the mall shop the record stores. damn online crap is killing peoples will to get out and look for stuff. just what the goverment wants. your lazy butt sitting in front of a computer all day so they know where you are.

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