Monday, October 01, 2007
I don't know how I missed this but apparently this has been going on for awhile now. The Music Industry continues lose album sales every month to piracy, and they have to come up with innovative ways to market their artists. Well one of those creative avenues is now Monday Night Football. ESPN actually has deals with several record labels to feature their top artist's new releases each Monday before their albums come out on Tuesdays.
"On Tuesday Mornings that's when all the labels turn out their big record releases and we have the biggest eyeballs, we hope, that a label and an artist can reach on a Monday Night before they drop their record and we thought what a perfect way to fuse the two."- ESPN Music Director Kevin Wilson via Wall Street Journal Radio
You know what...as annoying as hearing an entire album all game is.....that's actually a really great idea for both parties involved. Everyone always complains the songs they use on Football and Baseball broadcasts are over 20 years old (if I hear "Start Me Up" by the Stones on another NFL Kickoff I'm going to off myself), so this might be a good thing. I thought back to the first few weeks and sure enough Kanye West was Week One and the Foo Fighters were last week. What do we get tonight you ask?
The Boss Bruce Springsteen and Matchbox 20! As long as it's not that stupid "This is how a heart breaks" song they played during the NBA Playoffs two years ago I'm cool with both of those selections.
Here's the rest of the growing list according to Wilson.....Rascal Flatts, Eddie Vedder, Nelly, Jordan Sparks, Chris Brown, and myyyyyyyyy nammmmmmme isssssss Kiiiiiiiiid Rock!
P.S.- ESPN is also now saying that the Jamie Foxx piece is not mocking the "Cameragate" incident with the Patriots as the Boston Herald had originally reported. Jay Rothman is on record as saying this idea was hatched between weeks one and two of the season.