Paul Weller hits out at touts selling his music online
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 April 2014
This article is from 2014.
Paul Weller has refused to take part in the annual Record Store Day in future because of "touts" who sold his music at inflated prices
Paul Weller has refused to take part in the annual Record Store Day in future because of "touts" who sold his music at inflated prices.
The singer released a one-off 7-inch record 'Flame Out' for the day on Saturday (19.04.14) but copies of the record appeared on eBay later the same day while other fans complained of the release being sold out as soon as record shops opened their doors.
Addressing the issue on his official website, Paul said: "I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these 'limited editions' by touts.
"Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again."
He continued: "It's such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.
"It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts."
Meanwhile, other artists also saw their music being traded on the website for hundreds of pounds, including Jack White's record-breaking 7-inch release of 'Lazaretto', which had reached more than $600, along with LCD Soundsystem, REM and Pixies, which were also on the site.