Apparently Natalie Merchant abandons the recording industry according to a blog entry over at BoingBoing.net. She's cutting the major labels go and promoting her new album (june! yay!) through her website. WhatdoIknow notes:
She isn�t turning to the internet as a backup vehicle, but as the vehicle to promote herself and sell her music. Where, I should add, she could easily earn just as much in revenue by selling a quarter (or even less) of the units she moved while under a commercial contract. The profit margin is that much better, if you have the know-how, the technology, and the drive.Apparently she is also the first successful recording artist to deliberatly leave. Good for her, I've been a huge fan ever since Iambe introduced me to "Tiger Lily" ages ago.