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O ver the weekend the hip hop singer/producer T-Pain announced he wasn't making any more music. No albums, no singles...at least until they start selling again, he said.

That may be a long wait.

May 2010 marks the worst month for CD sales in the United States. And that's saying a lot since sales have been declining for years now as the entire music industry works to figure out where to go in the future.

There's no doubt people still like music, but how they hear it is changing. And that brings me to this episode of Extended Play: "Do We Still Need the Album?"

Last week the long list for the Polaris Music Prize was announced. This prize is given to the best Canadian album - according to artistic merit, not sales. And that's a good thing, it seems.

On this episode I talk to Steve Jordan, the creator of the Polaris Prize, students from the Nimbus School of Recording Arts and Justin Rutledge - an artist who thinks the album is still the best way for a musician to tell their story.

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Extended Play #14 - "Do We Still Need The Album?"

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PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots)
#1 posted by
PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots)
on Jun 22, 2010

Great episode.  I like what the last girl on the street had to say.

Vish Khanna
#2 posted by
Vish Khanna
on Jun 22, 2010

Very cool idea! Can't wait to hear this one!

deadmessenger
#3 posted by
deadmessenger
on Jun 22, 2010

Just because Itunes sells most of it's music in single format doesn't mean that albums are dying, the fact is that the majority of people aren't buying music from itunes they are downloading music for free from file sharing sites.  Most people aren't buying music anymore they are downloading it for free and I think most of the time they are in fact downloading music in album form.  You can't just look at figures from sites like Itunes and draw the conclusion that people just arent listening to albums anymore because the majority of people arent getting music from outlets like itunes or amazon.

slackhopper
#4 posted by
slackhopper
on Jun 22, 2010

I wonder if the number of record sales quoted took into consideration those who buy albums directly from the artist?  I still buy TONS of CDs, but mostly from the artists when I'm able to catch a live performance.

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