Lamb of God Singer Randy Blythe Claims Record Industry Is ‘Dying’
Lamb of God may be having chart success these days, but singer Randy Blythe isn’t so sure that the record industry as a whole is still doing well. To prove his point, he used the No. 10 debut of Marilyn Manson‘s new album, ‘Born Villain,’ as an example.
In a Twitter rant on Wednesday (May 9), Blythe explained, “So Marilyn Manson’s new record debuted at #10 with just over 38,000 sold, including iTunes. He released it independently on his own record [label]. This is a guy with three platinum records, three gold records, five Top 10 debuts including two NUMBER ONE RECORDS in the U.S. 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 F—ING PATHETIC. The industry is DYING.”
Blythe says that for all the people that argue about not feeding the record labels and the corporate machine and that artists should just release the music for themselves and their fans and that the “real underground fans” will support them, the Marilyn Manson case is proof that that’s not what’s going on.
He argues, “MM is a MUCH LARGER BAND than LOG and 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 much for the ‘release it yourself and we will support the artist’ and the ‘not the greedy corporate pigs’ theory. Amazing.”
Blythe goes on to add that while the middling returns won’t hurt the already established Manson, he argues that this response also shows that bands that are just starting out with no backing won’t be able to survive. “I feel sorry for the young bands,” says Blythe. “Good luck guys & gals, yer gonna need it.”
The singer concludes by saying the point wasn’t to draw comparisons between his band and Manson, but rather to show that when someone of Manson’s stature fails to draw what’s expected that there’s a correlation to the ability of younger bands to get their music heard or recognized. “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,” says Blythe. “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 g–damn chance at making it, same chance I had.”