Top 10 “Illegally” Downloaded Songs of 2007

(According to HypeBot)

I HAD to put quotes around the Illegally in the title, because in my opinion, downloading on Limewire SHOULD be legal to a certain point (I’ll write more about that in another entry). But here’s the list.

1. Shop Boyz, “Party Like A Rock Star”
2. Akon, “I Wanna Luv U”
3. Sean Kingston, “Beautiful Girls”
4. Mims, “This Is Why I’m Hot”
5. Akon, “Don’t Matter”
6. T-Pain, “Bartender”
7. Soulja Boy, “Crank Dat Soulja Boy”
8. Justin Timberlake, “My Love”
9. DJ Unk, “Walk It Out”

10. Jim Jones, “We Fly High”

Funny that they’re all pretty much Hip-Hop songs, hmm? To me, this just shows how slow the major labels are to get the point. These young kids that love Hip-Hop CANNOT afford to buy $18 CDs just to get the one song they love. And they don’t have credit cards to download shit from iTunes. Besides, there’s no excuse for bad business and bad practices. Here’s what Jerry Del Colliano’s Inside Music Media Blog has to say on the subject of major label over pricing. After reading this article, it’s easy to see that most kids wouldn’t download as much music from P2P sites if the labels paid more attention to what their customers wanted. Good value and reasonable pricing.

On top of all this, it seems to me that labels have got to learn how to incorporate P2P into their marketing plans. For one, most conventional wisdom says that P2P actually HELPS music sales in a lot of cases. Of course, the labels would rather scapegoat P2P services than to make the common sense moves required to survive in the new music market. It’s 2008, guys. you dont have a monopoly on distribution any more. Adapt or perish!

For two, P2P sites aren’t going anywhere. The RIAA can litigate all they want, but everytime they shut down one P2P site, another will take it’s place. And suing CUSTOMERS because you cant stop P2P sites and pirates IS BEYOND RIDICULOUS.

At best, the RIAA (and the major labels that support it) are just a bunch of incompetents, and they’re totally unable to adapt to changes in their environment. I prefer to just call them all a bunch of idiots.

1 Response to “Top 10 “Illegally” Downloaded Songs of 2007”

  1. December 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Yeah, right on. The thing is too, about sueing a few average piraters, is that it makes these corporate fuckers look greedy and harsh. So who gives a damn if the rich bitches get a little less? Look what they want to do to… like 70% (pirates = what %?) of the youth!

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