Major music labels often depend on the album sales of their most popular artists to counter the production costs for other musicians they work with. But online, viral views do not always translate into album sales. That’s one of the reasons that EMI and the band OK Go have decided to part ways this week.
The split opens up new possibilities for OK Go, but leaves open the question. What will labels do when their most popular artists decide to take the middle man out of the distribution equation?