Albums are dead.And yet i'm making an album.Why?No. Really.Im asking you. Why am I doing this to myself?16 Songs?Who has time to listen to 16 songs by the same artist anymore?Thats over an hour of life that I could spend watching Breaking Bad (or any other TV show/movie/form of entertainment) for free!In this day and age, our entertainment is all instantly available, and mostly free. We get what we want when we want it.And it's killed the album.Its also killing the film industry, but thats another story.I guess the question is, what do you do as an artist when the only things with the funding to stand out are the blockbusters? (In movies and music). More entertainment is being made by more people for less money all around the world, and the result is an over saturation of content. Where do you find new artists when everyone is a new artist? Where do you sell music when music isnt something that people pay for anymore?But closest to my heart is the loss of the album.Albums dont sell. They dont. I could give you the numbers but that would take more research, and im much too lazy for that (jeez, this is just a blog! Get off my back!)Okay, I felt bad for that last sentence so I did some research.Via Bob Lefsetz:The album is dying in front of our very eyes.In other words, what kind of crazy fucked up world do we live in where Katy Perry's new album "Prism" only sells 287,000 copies in its debut?One in which everybody's interested in the single, and no one's got time to sit and hear your hour plus statement.This is not emotion, this is statistics. The shelf life of news is shorter than ever. The shelf life of art... You blink and it's done.I'm fine with you preaching to the choir, making an album for your fans. You gotta go where you wanna go, do what you wanna do, with whomever...But if your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and make money, suddenly the album just isn't working. The youngsters are streaming singles and the oldsters are staying home. How do I know? Elton's album isn't even in the Top Fifty and McCartney's album barely broke 20,000 this week, and there wasn't a better oldster hype than for these two projects. People just don't want 'em.So what's the industry to do?Have a rethink.In other words, hype doesn't work.No one had more hype than Miley Cyrus, but "Bangerz" didn't even sell 45,000 copies this week. She can go on SNL, tweet her life away, but it's not moving the needle. Lorde is selling as much as her without the benefit of scorched earth, proving that quality music is as good as hype, but...she's not burning up the chart either.We've turned into a nation of grazers. And the artist's job is to constantly be at the smorgasbord. Not to deliver one big meal that is picked at and thrown away, but a constant presence in the public's face.The newsletter goes on, and if you are interested in this kind of stuff I suggest you go to his website and sign up for it... some great music business related stuff. Of course, none of this changes the fact that I'm coming out with the album. And I know its not a great idea.But I fucking love albums. The end.