Metallica Ditch Record Labels?

Lars Ulrich says the band will self-release their next album, and might emulate Radiohead with an innovative release method. But what will it be?

Metallica Ditch Record Labels?
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Metallica could self-release their next album, and in an unusual way. Lars Ulrich says the band will start recording soon, but their record deal with Warner expired with "Death Magnetic" in 2008. It potentially means they could earn a bigger payout with a self-release. "We're free and clear of our record contract. The world's our oyster. We can basically do whatever we want. And we're going so start figuring that out," he told Spin. "We're writing music and we're going to be recording very soon. At some point we're going to want to share that with people that are interested in listening to it. So we gotta figure out ways we want to do that, from giving it away in cereal boxes to getting people to do handstands for it. We could come up with something wacky." It seems Metallica will emulate Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails by releasing their new album in an innovative way. Radiohead introduced the 'pay what you want' concept with "In Rainbows", and Trent Reznor has experimented with entirely free releases alongside premium versions for hardcore fans. However, Ulrich is keen to say they won't try t be unusual for the sake of it. "This whole thing about who can come up with the coolest [release strategy] so it can be written about on 12 different blogs for six hours mean sure, that's all pretty cool and hip," he said. "But at the same time you have to remember we have a very global audience. We have fans in India and the U.A.E. and Russia. In a lot of these places there are still more conventional ways of getting music to people." How do you think Metallica should release their next album? Share your innovative solutions in the comments.

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    DejaSenti
    They should release it in a syringe that I can inject straight into my veins.
    hmcguire
    Their idea of innovation lately hasn't been the best, still, I would like to see what they come up with.
    steve987
    ilovegadgets wrote: give it away with condoms....
    That would make sense if we were talking about Steel Panther.
    MegadethFan18
    They could just put it out on their own record label. Like Suicidal Tendencies. I'll definitely want to buy the next Metallica album on CD like I have all done with all their other Albums. True fans will always want to buy the album on CD.
    northbeach
    They should just drop these giant boxex out from planes all over the world, like they send food to poor countries. Now THAT would be some global riot
    Maestro1600
    Wow, this far in to the thread, and no one's said 'Megadeth would release it in a better way'. Are we growing up at UG?
    ChucklesMginty
    Ulrich is keen to say they won't try to be unusual for the sake of it.
    Please take that approach with your music as well.
    rpic
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: It should be on CD in a record store. Done.
    Wouldn't THAT be nice....Apple ruined that concept.
    J-E-M
    It should be released through furniture stores - free when you buy a table.
    theboss123
    metallica should give away concert tickets to the first 5000 people to buy the CD. yeah, i can keep dreaming.
    Metal-pro
    chops96 wrote: They should think of ways to release the album AFTER they make the dam thing
    Why? That's just ridiculous.
    centermass
    i think it might have been a stab at slayer
    TerriThrash wrote: ilovegadgets wrote: give it away with condoms.... the point of that being...
    GuilT
    They should go the Radiohead route. These guys will live like fat cats for the rest of their lives and their children's lives from their lucrative careers. Give us Metallica for free!! Free on the internet in all formats and people that want CD's can pay for CD's because of the distribution and manufacturing costs.
    chops96
    They should think of ways to release the album AFTER they make the dam thing
    GibbonWolf
    slapsymcdougal wrote: Lars will eat all the records, then swallow some cholera-laden water, and hang-glide over major cities, diarrhoea-ing the semi-digested records all over everyone.
    So like.. St. Anger then?
    spiff-corgi
    They should strap it to the back of a pterodactyl who flies to Mount Doom to fuse it in the fires of hell before passing it on to a one eyed tramp lady who asks passers by for 5 for haemorrhoid cream and if they pass the test they get a free Metallica record. Or they could just sell it in stores in CD format.
    Like I Is
    Salvo416 wrote: If their next record sounds like radiohead, they will lose a fan. aka me.
    You stoop. Did you even read the article?
    aspire.rabbit
    Clearly the best way to record an album is in a nuclear submarine, and have it recorded in water format.
    Maestro1600
    rpic wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: It should be on CD in a record store. Done. Wouldn't THAT be nice....Apple ruined that concept.
    Apple didn't ruin it. The millions of people who bought billions of pieces of music because they found it convenient 'ruined' it. Or maybe it's just things changing. I don't miss cassette tapes, my son won't miss CDs, and his son won't miss mp3 downloads when the next format replaces them. Or we can all get gramophones?
    thetonto
    They should release it on a file sharing network, and monopolize it with all their albums and bands from their festival. It will be called Mapster (of puppets, in case the connection wasn't made)
    jas6nq
    A band as widely successful as metallica could pull that off and likely make more money as they won't need to fork over 80% to the label and others.
    Maestro1600
    TerriThrash wrote: ilovegadgets wrote: give it away with condoms.... the point of that being...
    Usually a small reservoir with a bit of spermicide
    slapsymcdougal
    Lars will eat all the records, then swallow some cholera-laden water, and hang-glide over major cities, diarrhoea-ing the semi-digested records all over everyone.
    HH_Emo_666
    This is very OLD news. I forget how long ago, but i believe it was after a year DM came out, and they said this..
    Slaytan666
    Another $5.98 E.P.!
    give it away with condoms....
    They should have done that with St. Anger, seeing how many people they f***ed out of their money.
    Metallilmeister
    It should be on a CD but not overcompressed and brickwall limited. We need new albums with dynamics!
    bigmetalbrad
    record it on tape like foo fighters did than give a piece of the vinyl with every purchase
    kill it
    call it 'the one-forgiven' and give it to your fans for free. then go on tour and make a ridiculous amount of money.
    Raven_Flight
    Release the cd for free. And if the cd is somewhat good, Lars just MAY earn some good karma.
    Do Re Mi
    They should find a very remote location and not tell anyone where they are, cutting themselves off from society completely. Then, inject some kind of slow-acting poison and record it while they're dying, and whoever discovers their dead bodies gets to do whatever they want with the recordings! Solves the album release problem AND the other one!
    The Ill William
    Metallica Cereal! each box comes with a copy of the new CD and plus, the flakes have all the nutrition and proteins of a table!
    Lightning_Ray
    Napster?! Just kidding. They should just release it like any other album they've released so far. CD or Vinyl in stores and to those who are into iTunes or portable formats, release it digitally. Anyway, I've been reading most comments here and most ask a new "Kill 'Em All" or whatever. I think deep down, most of us know Metallica's first 4 albums are something that just can't be repeated, and out of those 4, my favorite is definitely ...And Justice For All, whose single criticism for me is the virtually inexistent Bass. It's sort of those Greek statues where at the distance they seem flawless but under closer inspection, you find all those cracks. To cut it short, a flawed masterpiece. Also, we're talking about completely different contexts. At the time they released those albums, Thrash Metal was something new, different, it was a statement against the L.A. glam rock/metal scene. These days, it has a different meaning and there's not much to discover and create in it. Besides, when you've been listening to Thrash Metal for so many years, it's tough to find something that surprises you without feeling some sort of dj-vu.