It certainly has nothing to do with the quality music. Instead, it has to do with regaining control of it.
The US record industry is facing a ticking time bomb in the form of a copyright amendment that was passed in 1978 which granted the right for songwriters to take back their copyright and publishing grants from their music publishers and record labels after 35 years. Add 1978 and 35 and you get 2013.
Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Tom Waits have already served notice that they want their music back, music that has been a tremendous source of revenue for their publishers and labels.
Once they acquire to the rights to their music, that revenue disappears forever. And with physical music sales dropping and with tighter margins on digital product, the effect on this part of the industry will be huge.
This brings us to the case of Victor Willis, the guy who played the cop in the Village People. In 2011, he terminated rights to his share of 33 Village People songs, including "YMCA." The two companies in charge of the publishing rights took him to court saying that he couldn't do such a thing.
This week, they lost. Victor will get his music back next year. This verdict scares the crap out of labels and publishers and has more artists ready to exercise their options.
Next year could be very, very difficult for a lot of industry types. Meanwhile, copyright lawyers have a chance to get very, very rich.