I've been wondering lately what the future is going to hold for the major record labels. My preference is that it includes bankruptcy and ceasing to exist. I site here pondering a simple concept. Many of the musicians I've been a fan of have been on major labels. In most cases because they're great and the built up fanbases which got the noticed by majors, or had a few successful indie records first. Not because the label said "Hey, we like them, let's sign them." Come on, would any major have ever signed REM if they hadn't had such successful records on IRS? My question is, what if the people like that didn't sign with major labels? Would they be completely unknown? The answer is, maybe. As long as they have good, worldwide distribution through a major distribution company, they would have the ability to sell millions if the demand is there. That's why REM jumped to a major, people basically couldn't buy their record in Europe. The main problem would be radio. The big stations only play major label artists, generally speaking. If corporate radio could be stopped, people could bypass major labels, get major distribution and be just as successful. That sounds too good to ever happen, though.