Hey, is this new?? Someone tweeted it today, and I'm wondering has this been up for a while, or is it new? Does anyone know? I'm wondering because artists like Sarah Brightman, who have new albums out recently, are posting their new itunes and spotify playlists. Sarah, in particular, hasn't had a new album in over 5 years, so it especially makes sense. Neither has Hayley, and none in the pipeline that we know of... well, there sort of is, but she won't tell us anything about it or if it's ever coming out. But, does this mean things are gearing up? I mean, we thought the new youtube playlist was something exciting, and it's been forever since that already, so I just don't know whether to get excited or not. There are only 47 songs, and although that sounds like a lot, many songs are missing. Not very many Treasure songs, but a lot of Paradiso, Hushabye, and HSJS1. But there are RoD songs, Time to Say Goodbye with Russell Watson, World in Union, and Flood, of all things. Absolutely no Winter Magic songs. Too bad, since it's Christmas time.
An interesting find, Libby. For a while now I've been reading all the thoughts and comments on here about what Hayley is doing these days. One area of discussion that has interested me has been regarding her record company. She has been with Decca/Universal since "day one" and the relationship was clearly fruitful, so it made sense for her to remain with them. Then came 2013 and Hushabye which was, I get the impression, not as successful as all her previous albums. All will be well between a record company and a contracted artist until the artist's records stop selling. Then it's game-over. Hot bricks spring to mind (drop[ped like one!). My view is that as a result of Hushabye, Hayley and Decca/Universal have parted ways. However in this internet age, if a parting of the ways has occurred, it may be a blessing in disguise. Being an established artist, Hayley has an international presence and fan base, which means direct selling via a website which she could control and via outlets like Spotify should be straightforward. In short, she no longer needs a record company and so can cut out the middle man with the associated positive impact on her personal revenue streams. In the last year or so she's posted a number of photos from inside studios, so it's been assumed that she's working on new material. I think it's also reasonable to assume that she can, to an extent at least, finance studio time, session musicians and the associated post recording production herself. If she can't, then again, being established, some form of third party funding should be possible. However it may be that without the commercial clout of a big record company, this approach is, per force, somewhat fragmented and this is what is taking the time. Factor in writing time and some other aspects which I will endeavour to cover in a separate post when I get half a moment, and one is looking at years rather than months. Frustrating, I know, but we know Hayley has new material, so my guess is that something will appear before too long via the web in MP3 format rather than in CD form from Decca/Universal or some other record company. Realistically, the latter is an outdated business model which must surely be severely curtailed by the web in the long term. We in the UK will remember Blockbuster, a high street video rental company that clung on by its fingernails to the inevitable bitter end a year or so ago. What astounded me, apart the fact that it survived so long, was that some investors were persuaded to put a considerable sum of money into it not long before it went under. If I had record company shares, I'd be selling them!
We've definitely considered the fact that she may not be with her record company anymore, but I feel like there have been hints to say otherwise, but it's all been so few and far between. At the moment I can't think of anything specific, mostly because nothing has come of whatever it was. Well, there was the time some months ago where all of a sudden on youtube, nearly all her major recordings all appeared on her youtube page. We didn't know if that was her record company or Hayley herself doing that.
However, what you say about what might be happening sounds plausible. It's just disappointing to some of us that her communication with her fans has been terribly lacking.
Blockbuster was all over the US at one time, but it folded here quite a few years ago now. So, apparently, it did better in the UK than here!
Ref my 10 December post, thanks for all the positive comments.
Another thought has occurred to me since posting that may add weight to the idea. I seem to remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons why Hayley made London her permanent base was to be close to her record company. That rationale dates right back to Pure in 2003 when she was 16 and her family was with her.
If she's no long with Decca/Universal, then there is less reason to remain in London.
I'm tickled pink that there is still a "Blockbuster" left. I can only assume it's now privately owned and can get away with using the old corporate identity because old Blockbuster has ceased trading so there's no one left to sue for unauthorized use of the trademark. If poor internet provision is the reason for its survival, then the bits & bytes must really struggle to squeeze along the damp string in that part of Oregon. In the semi-rural south west of England, there was similar trouble until fibre became available. We upgraded earlier in the year and so I now feel rather smug about out lightning download speed!