Can't wait for ' Jab Harry Met Sejal's upcoming track 'Phurrr'?
In a landmark move, Sony Music India has taken what is potentially its biggest track this year and put it behind a limited-time paywall.
A sample video unit of the song will release on YouTube, along with the audio on August 3, however, the full song will release much later.
Commenting on the same Shridhar Subramaniam, President - Sony Music Entertainment - India and the Middle East said, "The concept of 'everything-free' will change or rather needs to change to an ecosystem where some things will be free and other things will be paid. The reason ' Phurrr' was chosen is that it is the biggest project of the year with an international collaboration so we felt that if we are taking this step then we must do it with a very big song. We needed a big project with a must-listen song that had so much anticipation."
He further added, "We're inserting a paid window in the music business, which didn't exist prior to this."
This means that any consumer/listener who wants to access the song first will now have to pay for the same.
The stakeholders do seem to be supportive of the decision. Shridhar says, "At the end of the day, it is the health of the music industry and the health of the platforms that are at stake and this decision directly benefits the health of the creators. They will definitely be in for this. While also for us Red Chillies, SRK and Pritam embraced this idea whole heartedly."