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Lisa Napoli: Who needs the old-fashioned music biz? Not Madonna. Reports this morning that the Material Girl is about to sign a big, fat, juicy contract -- but not with a record label. Alisa Roth says it just may be the recording contract of the future.
Alisa Roth: Madonna has a message for her longtime record label, Warners Brothers Records:
Madonna: I don't want to be your prisoner, so baby, won't you set me free?
The single-monikered superstar is reportedly planning to sign a hundred-million dollar plus contract with concert promoter Live Nation. The deal would give the company three albums, and exclusive rights to promote concerts and market merchandise.
Steve Gordon is a music industry attorney. He says the deal is another dance step in the demise of the music industry as it once was.
Steve Gordon: It's more than a matter of contracts. It may show that an artist no longer needs a record company.
He said record companies traditionally offered artists distribution and marketing.
The deal certainly seems like a winner for Live Nation. Madonna turns 50 next year, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Madonna: And you can dance.
Her tour last year was the highest-grossing tour by a female artist ever.
In New York, I'm Alisa Roth for Marketplace.