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Public Enemy Wants Your Money

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Rap group Public Enemy wants to release an album — entirely funded by donations from their fans!

Say what?!

In return for investing in the project, fans will get albums, meet-and-greets and even a cut of the profits! Using website SellaBand, Public Enemy set a goal of raising $75,000 through donations.

They tried this once before with a goal of $250,000 but they topped out at $67,000. A statement says:

"We have learned that the fan-funding model is still not fully developed and, as a result, a $250,000 fund-raising effort, while possible, will take too long to accomplish…As a result of our SellaBand experience and all that we have learned, we now believe that a $75,000 fund raising target will fulfil the needs for a new recording project and is much more appropriate for the strength of the existing SellaBand model and the current economic climate."

Maybe you should just fund the effing album yourself and let the fans buy it when it's ready?

That business model seems to have worked for quite some time now!

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7 comments to “Public Enemy Wants Your Money”



  1. 1

    kids listening to music today have absolutely no clue who public enemy is - the only know flav from the reality show……….P.E. should just put down the mic……..



  2. 2

    soooooooooooo the "fans" pay for the album, then……………………. pay for the album???? yea, seems like a totally logical thing to do… dumbasses!

  3. Puke says – reply to this


    3

    Yeaaahhhhhhh boyyyyyy! Good luck with that.



  4. 4

    What's the point of fan funding? Would they get a cut of any profits? Doesn't sound like it when they call it a donation instead of an investment.



  5. 5

    they can not afford to make there own album , I know flavor flav or how ever you spell that idiots name is flat broke. They are all a load of trash and act like immature children



  6. 6

    wow this is one of the saddest stories ive ever read on here



  7. 7

    "Maybe you should just fund the effing album yourself and let the fans buy it when it's ready?

    That business model seems to have worked for quite some time now!"

    BUT THAT MODEL DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE.
    WHAT EXACTLY ARE FANS BUYING? DO YOU NOT DOWNLOAD MUSIC WITHOUT PAYING PEREZ? YOU'D BE THE ONLY PERSON. THERE IS NO MONEY IN MUSIC ANYMORE. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT IN THE FUTURE.. IF "FANS" WANT NEW MUSIC, THEY HAVE TO PAY.. THEY CAN'T BE TRUSTED TO PURCHASE THE MUSIC AFTER THE FACT.