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    Posted: 23 Mar 2020 at 4:30pm
So how do you think the music industry will change while we have this Coronavirus shit going on?

Obviously touring and gigs is not going to be happening for some time in most countries, if not all. Perhaps we'll get a deluge of new albums later in the year as bands use this downtime to write and record their next album earlier than they might have in some cases. The lockdown that's just been announced in the UK tonight even makes it difficult for bands to get together to rehearse and record though. What restrictions are there in your country in this respect?

Albums already recorded though, will bands hold back on the release date when they can tour on the back of it or still go ahead? Bandcamp and the like is obviously not a problem but is delivery likely to be a problem getting hard copies in the coming weeks? Should we even be ordering them leaving the delivery services to focus on essential items?
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I think solo projects will become even more common than the already are and that a lot of music will release digitally with hard copies on hold due to manufacturing plants being closed. Anything already pressed will probably release as normal through online outlets like Amazon. I wouldn't worry about buying anything while the Royal Mail continues to deliver: they don't deliver for food outlets. That might change, but they'd need properly refrigerated delivery vans first. 

I think the industry will do its best to carry on, because people are going to need their entertainment more than ever right now. Not as much as food and essentials obviously, but it will help people get through the boredom and keep from going stir crazy and risk breaking quarantine unnecessarily. But groups certainly aren't going to be able to get together to record albums. I imagine that a lot of writing will be done! Same for movie and TV scripts. 
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It's possible to record albums in this day and age without being in the same room, sending files etc which some albums having already been done that way.

Hadn't occured to me yet about getting them pressed. perhaps it might be still possible in some countries.
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This might spell the end of physical media.
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I was just thinking the other day that I might have seen Alice Cooper's last gig for quite some time. The show I saw was the end of the first leg of a tour, and was scheduled to carry on later in the year.

International tours might be off for quite some time, but domestic ones might pick up again a bit sooner. This will definitely benefit online music services like Spotify and Bandcamp, and I really hope that artists do see something out of it.
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Some artists have taken to streaming minimalist live shows from their own home online such as through Instragram. 
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I've seen a few mentioned in the news, but none that would interest me.
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Originally posted by TheHeavyMetalCat TheHeavyMetalCat wrote:

This might spell the end of physical media.

I don't think so. They might not be many albums released on CD/Vinyl over the next few months but lots of people still prefer a hard copy, me included. I'll wait rather than buy a download.
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Just on the number of new releases, it does seem to have dropped off these last couple of weeks.

I also prefer physical media, but my house is only so big and most are stored away so I can’t easily get to them. I need to get with the times and adopt downloads as my default. Mind you I’ve been saying that for years - think I have a psychological barrier to taking that leap 😉
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