Michale Greene was surprisingly candid in his Grammy Speech
That very special connection between the fan and the artist is an historically important partnership, one which enriches and entertains the public, motivating and sustaining the creator. In recent years, industry consolidation combined with the unbridled advance of the Internet has created a disturbing disconnect in our relationship
These are 2 different disconnects. The consolidation separates the artists from producers and promoters who know and care about them. The Internet disconnects the record companies from being in between the artist and the fan. No wonder he's worried. Look at that Rip,Mix,Burn ad again - artists and fan, talking one on one. George Clinton saying 'It's your music'.
Later on Greene said Songwriters, singers, musicians, labels, publishers - the entire music food chain is at serious risk.
Food Chain? maybe he couldn't say 'value chain' with a straight face, but look at that sentence, and look who is the krill and who the Whale...