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Future is free for The Crimea

One of the albums of the year is set to be given away for free. The Crimea, the band fronted by Dubliner Davey MacManus, will give away their excellent new album, “Secrets of the Witching Hour”, as a free download …

Fri, Apr 27, 2007, 09:02

   

One of the albums of the year is set to be given away for free. The Crimea, the band fronted by Dubliner Davey MacManus, will give away their excellent new album, “Secrets of the Witching Hour”, as a free download from their website from May 12 *.

While the band released their debut album “Tragedy Rocks” on Warner Music, they see the move into a download free-for-all as a new business model which will help them boost their live audience and merchandise sales.

It’s an audacious move. While many acts are happy to give away tracks as samplers for forthcoming albums (and there are even a few band-approved sites like Free Indie and Free Albums Galore who give away large chunks of albums), The Crimea are one of the first to come out and state that CD sales are not the be all and end all of revenue streams.

* UPDATE As MP3 Hugger notes below, the album is now available for download from the band’s site. Because there has been loads of coverage elsewhere about this, the band decided to start the ball rolling right away. As of Wednesday morning, over 7,000 people have downloaded the album.

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