Public Enemy, who quit their record label Def Jam in January amid rows after the band posted free, downloadable MP3 sound files of some of their records on their website, have made a deal to release their output on the web.
The band have signed a deal with Atomic Pop, who describe themselves as “the web’s first full-service, vertically integrated music company”, to promote and market their forthcoming studio album, ‘There’s A Poison Goin’ On’, entirely over the web.
It’s the band’s first new material since ‘Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age’ in 1994.
Atomic Pop founder Al Teller, who worked with Public Enemy on their debut album ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’ as the former head of MCA Music Entertainment Group and President of CBS Records, said: “Chuck D has been a music visionary and will now prove to be a music business visionary as well. He deeply understands the profound impact Internet technology will have on bringing an artist’s music directly to its fans as well as the enormous empowerment the web provides artists to that end.”
He went on: “Our relationship with Chuck D and Public Enemy will serve as a strong example of the alternatives rapidly becoming available to artists on all levels.”
The band’s new album will retail at $10 from atomicpop.com and via digital download from early May, before it goes on to be sold in traditional record stores on June 21.
Chuck D described Teller as a “record rebel at the executive level” and went on: “I have been accustomed to making revolutionary moves in a revolutionary genre which has always run parallel with technology.
“Atomic Pop‘s blend of the record game and the tech game makes it a launching pad for new powerful ideas that Public Enemy has in store for 2000.
The first single from the album, ‘Do You Wanna Go Our Way???’, will be available as a 12″ single, CD single and digital download later in the month.
Public Enemy have already released a free MP3 track ‘Swindler’s Lust’ on their website, a scathing attack on the music industry in the wake of their departure from Def Jam.