Sonic Reducers | Lorde Slips Her Disc

Join us as we discuss the pop star's decision not to issue her next album on CD.


The inevitable death of the CD moved one step closer to fruition this week when New Zealand pop juggernaut Lorde announced that her upcoming album Solar Power will be a discless release — fans who want a physical object (and aren’t into vinyl) will be able to buy a so-called music box with lyrics, artwork and a download card.

Granted, she’s not the first person to refrain from a CD release — but she’s arguably the highest-profile artist to opt out, and could prompt other artists to follow suit. It’s a big deal — and well worth five minutes of debate by PR superstar Eric Alper and I in today’s Sonic Reducers segment. Join us as ponder Lorde’s decision, discuss the noble but difficult world of eco-friendly artistry, and yearn for the end of the CD — if only so nostalgia can kick in and I can finally sell my 50,000 discs for a tidy sum. Sonic Reducers. One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know.