||November 24, 2003 11:45 AM US
is Not Golden; A Quarter Million Independent Recording
Artists Silenced; MP3.com To Go Dark On December 2; 40
Million Subscribers Stranded
DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2003--Over 250,000
independent recording artists will be abandoned next
week when MP3.com goes dark on December 2. MP3.com was
acquired ten days ago by San Francisco based C-Net. The
company has announced it will scrub MP3.com's servers of
all content at midnight next Tuesday. The move will
strand some 40 million MP3.com subscribers worldwide.
MP3.com made its mark as "the world's largest
internet music community." With 40 million subscribers,
the system has been regarded as the largest internet
music system in the world.
"It's been a powerful force," says Johnny Jolin, lead
singer for The Front Porch Country Band. With a million
plays, his band became the most listened-to country
recording artist in the world over the last 15 months on
the giant internet system. "MP3.com enabled our music to
compete on a level playing field with the world's
greatest country legends."
His band has seen a dozen of their original songs
climb to Number One in the world on the MP3.com charts,
where 1.6 million songs compete for chart position every
day in overnight rankings. That international exposure
brought The Front Porch Country Band to the attention of
The US-CHINA Foundation last fall. Earlier this spring,
the band accepted the foundation's invitation for a
fully-paid tour as stadium headliners through China's
largest cities - a huge career break for the band.
Major stars including Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill,
Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Nickel Creek and Alison
Krauss & Union Station also currently offer their
music on their official MP3.com sites.
MP3.com was the brain-child of Michael Robertson, who
launched the company in 1997. Featuring a blend of major
and independent artists, the site quickly took off. By
2000, MP3.com had amassed 40 million subscribers -
featuring 1.6 million songs by over 250,000 recording
artists available to music listeners worldwide. In 2001,
the company was sold to global media giant Vivendi
Universal. Vivendi sold the company to C-Net on November
But next week, the system goes dark. Where will those
250,000 recording artists and 40 million music
subscribers head next?