Saturday, June 17, 2006

Newpaper doesn't get it

Bill Hobbs explains how the Tennessean fails to understand how the real world works. In this example, the topic is country music and the Dixie Chicks. The paper editorializes that the radio stations should play music that the audience does not want to hear.

I guess if you have a monopoly and have never had to understand customers or basic economics, you end up putting out the kind of garbage that the Tennessean passes off as a newspaper.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, the last time I looked, the Dixie Chick's Taking the Long Road was number one on Billboard's country chart and number two overall. A remarkable achievement considering they have minimal airplay right now.

I don't think the Dixie Chicks play music people don't want to hear. In fact, it seems to me that part of the reason for the outstanding sales of the new lp are that they have spoken out (however timidly and with however much hate directed back at them) against an very unpopular president.

6:19 PM, June 19, 2006  
Blogger Stan said...

I posted on a blog post from Big Lizards that had a great explanation for the LP sales. Non-country fans who hate the president bought it to show support for their stance against Bush. Buying a CD is one thing. Spending the cash and time for a concert, however, is quite another. Country music fans don't like the chicks and aren't supporting them. Non-country fans bought an album.

Not much of a base to rebuild careers.

12:35 PM, June 22, 2006  

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