Modular’s debt, & a debt-making tee

July 29, 2008 by  

Just saw this news via the Australian Daily Telegraph:

RECORD label Modular has run up millions of dollars in losses despite having big-selling rockers Wolfmother on its roster.

Company accounts show the Sydney-based label had accumulated losses of $5.9 million by the end of 2007.

The report revealed Modular lost nearly $1.8 million last year and another $2.6 million in 2006.

Label boss Steve Pavlovic said he expected the label’s heavy investment in talent to pay off this year.

Modular’s roster includes Wolfmother, whose self-titled debut album was accredited five times platinum by recording industry peak body ARIA last year for wholesale sales of 350,000 units.

Other artists on Modular’s roster include chart-topping dance acts Muscles, the Presets and Cut Copy, New York art rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson.

The financial report was filed earlier this month at the request of corporate watchdog ASIC.

It shows 2007 receipts from customers of more than $8 million were exceeded by payments to suppliers and employees of nearly $8.7 million.

Mr Pavlovic said the business had “swings and roundabouts”.

“You’ll see it start to rise now as the records we’ve got out start to sell,” he said.

While I can’t see that it has anything to do with the delayed album, my mind can’t help but wonder. Maybe they don’t have the cash to promote like they want to?

Unrelated, but I couldn’t help but notice this weird mannequin on Modular’s store … the tee is yours for a bargain AU$80 (that’s USD$75 nowadays). Are these people crazy?
Wolfmother Tshirt


9 Responses to “Modular’s debt, & a debt-making tee”

  1. Pat on July 29th, 2008 10:13 pm

    Well there you have it.

  2. Rookie on July 30th, 2008 5:10 am

    wow, 80 bucks for a t-shirt. they’d probably sell more if they sold for less. maybe they’ll do a last ditch attempt and get the new album out as soon as possible.

  3. Jimmi on July 30th, 2008 12:22 pm

    wellll $80 shirt converted to uk is about £40… not too bad i suppose :P

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  5. Dan on July 30th, 2008 10:08 pm

    well is modular the ones funding their studio time? if so then that might contribute to a delay, although it would contridict the email you got.

    I have that exact same tee, and I got it online for $15…in fact the tee is still listed in the store as 30 AU dollars

  6. Justin on July 31st, 2008 11:41 am

    you can get the same tshirt down at HMV and sanity and similar stores for $20… i think Modular has such a steep price because they want a quick buck to reverse their debt

  7. Jimmi on July 31st, 2008 1:31 pm

    i actually bet it include the mannequin…

  8. Fly on August 1st, 2008 2:51 am

    the end of the record industry has begun…

  9. vancouver dan on August 2nd, 2008 7:49 pm

    Did anyone go to Pemberton? Did wolfmother play any new songs

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