The album has been the main currency of the recorded music industry since about 1965 when it took over from 7-singles as the dominate format. But with streaming’s emphasis on individual songs and playlists, the whole concept of the album is under fire. Will this be the way artists release music going forward. Maybe. Maybe not.
There are, however, people working to save the album from extinction. Check out this article from Music Week.
Is the album dead?
After all, when someone like Damon Albarn – this week’s Music Week cover star and a man responsible for several of the greatest LPs of all time – favours streaming-friendly, single-track ‘episodes’ over a complete body of work, it suggests that something is up.
That something, however, may not be the album itself. Given that the way people listen to music has been completely reshaped since Gorillaz’s first record, it’s probably long overdue that artists and labels are looking at different ways of delivering their music.