Farewell com­pi­la­tion al­bums – you’ve had a de­cent run

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS -

The Min­istry Of Sound la­bel and club em­pire built a lu­cra­tive niche for it­self on the back of hugely pop­u­lar com­pi­la­tion al­bums. If you wanted an al­bum of dance- floor-hits-orchill-out­clas­sics, Mo S had it down. In the good times when peo­ple bought th­ese on CD or were even pay­ing for down­loads, the la­bel sold 70 mil­lion or so com­pi­la­tions.

But the com­pany’ s com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in this field has been eroded. The Fi­nan­cial Times re­ported dur­ing the week that the com­pany saw turnover de­cline in the years to 2014 due to a drop in al­bum prices, though the com­pany’ s over­all op­er­at­ing profit in­creased.

How­ever, mu­sic fans’ move to stream­ing will mean less cash for a com­pany spe­cial is in gin com­pi­la­tions be­cause the roy­alty pay­ments goto the copy­right own­ers and not to those who cu rated and com­piled the tracks.

While Min­istry has be­gunto sign and de­velop new acts, in­clud­ing Ex­am­ple and Lon­don Gram­mar, and its club busi­ness con­tin­ues to flour­ish, there’s no doubt that it will feel the pin­chas those who used to buy com­pi­la­tions con­tinue to mi­grate to stream­ing.

Those of us who made many im­pulse com­pi­la­tion pur­chases and ended up with great in­tro­duc­tions to jazz, blues, soul and funk as a re­sult will miss them. But we won’ t miss Whop­per House Bangers2016. Jim Car­roll

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