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Streaming makes full albums less necessary, muse Muse

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017


The way that the shift to streaming is changing patterns in music consumption is putting Muse off making a new album. So, you know, there’s always a silver lining. Though there’ll still be new material, it seems, just possibly a string of singles rather than a new LP. Possibly starting off with recent single release ‘Dig Down’.

Or at least that is what comments by bassist Chris Wolstenholme to Music Feeds suggest. He rambled thus: “In the last five or six years, streaming has become the way that most people seem to listen to music these days, and I think that’s affected the way people listen to music. People tend not to consume … entire albums like they did when I was younger. It seems to be that the whole industry – and the platforms for listening to music – are catered around people listening to individual songs and creating their own playlists”.

But, you know, if bands were to shift to putting out occasional singles rather than big fat albums every two years, well, that would have an up side. “Sometimes as a band”, he adds, “even in times when you’re off – you don’t necessarily feel like you want to make an entire album, but sometimes it’s quite nice to get together as a band for a bit of fun”.

“And if anything comes of that, you think, ‘well why not release it as a standalone single?’ I think for years things have been tapered around an album campaign, promoting an album and having singles to promote the album. [But] I guess we all feel that, with the way that streaming works these days, and with so much emphasis on individual songs, that there is no reason why we couldn’t [now] do that”.

Which isn’t to say there won’t be another Muse album, but maybe in the meantime they could do some one-off single releases. “I know at some point we will do another album”, he concludes, “but I think it’s a nice thing to do in the meantime so the fans feel like they’re still getting something; we haven’t completely disappeared off the face of the planet”.