Aloe Blacc has recently revealed that he and Avicii had been working on several tracks before the world-renowned DJ and producer sadly passed away earlier this year. These songs have never been released or heard by the public. He informed Daily Star that: “there are several songs left. I believe the record label is working with his parents and the estate to find a way to bring these unreleased songs to the public.”
There have been a couple of negative views towards this news over Twitter, similarly to those that appear after the death of most artists. Many people are arguing that these tracks should not be released and that the record label is looking to make money off the artist’s death.
Milk that cash cow a little further. Not enough to have put him in the ground. Now recouping lost income for the unfulfilled gigs….
— Jay Kissoon (@jknumber8) October 24, 2018
So they can make more money off him after working him to death
— A S (@AnthonySpier101) October 24, 2018
This debate has risen before with releases of Michael Jackson’s album ‘Xscape,’ or Kurt Cobain’s ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings.’ On the one side, some view it as disrespectful. Although there are fans out there who have supported these artists throughout their careers and continuously expressed love towards their music, it is somewhat invasive. It seems unfair that the artist doesn’t get to have a say on whether they want their music to be released. Furthermore, there is the argument that record labels and producers are viewing these situations as money opportunities. With the artists having passed away, it seems like the best bet is that a lot of people will want to listen to their last ever tracks, soaking up every last bit of them and increasing both sales and streaming rates.
On the other hand, there are certain tracks finished by artists and that have been ready to release a while before their deaths, which could sometimes be unexpected. Some of these posthumous tracks have had a huge impact not only on the music industry but in the world. Artists such as Bob Marley with ‘Buffalo Soldier’ (1983), Tupac with ‘Changes’ (1998) or even Notorious B.I.G with ‘Hypnotize’ (1997).
Personally, as a writer who has spent the last five years working on a novel which isn’t even close to how I would like to be, I would still want my work to be seen and read. To me, it would be such a shame to have put in all that work and have it go to waste. That’s my own perspective. I’m sure there are artists out there with different opinions and in this case, these opinions don’t really have the opportunity to be taken into account.
By Sam Dawson
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