5 Artists That Redefined What an ‘Album’ Means
Just before Christmas a few weeks ago, Run the Jewels (for the third time in their career) surprise-dropped an album for free online, a method that has seen them skyrocket to great success. John Mayer recently announced that his next album will be released in phases throughout 2017, with four songs coming out each month. Clearly we are living in times where the traditional album release can be anything but traditional. Check out some of the most game-changing ways artists have given fans their music, and be sure to get the Trebel app where you can downloads these albums for free:
Though the “pay-what-you-want” model has become a go-to for labels and artists in the last decade, Radiohead’s dismissal of the traditional fixed price-tag was nothing short of revolutionary when they allowed fans to name their price for their seventh full-length album. Despite its unconventional methods, the record was a huge success, selling more than three million copies worldwide and winning two Grammy awards.
As a guy who likes to push the envelope with his sound, Beck outdid himself in 2012 with Song Reader by releasing an album that you couldn’t hear on its own. Opting to publish a book of 20 new original songs in the form of sheet music, the project was a throwback to the early 20th century’s version of the album, allowing (and in fact encouraging) fans and musicians to learn and interpret the songs on their own to share with the rest of the world. He would later take that concept (albeit with a more star-studded line-up) to the traditional format of the album with an audible version that featured Jack White, Norah Jones, Fun., and more.