posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 04:06 PM
Even if songs were purchased online, individually or through a service such as Rhapsody or eMusic, the majority of those proceeds do not go to the
artist. The artists get pennies. There are instances where I will support a musician and buy their album, say if it were self-released (in which case,
it's almost always cheaper). The best way to support an artist is to see an artist or to buy other merchandise, not by digitally buying their music.
If I like and listen to an artist enough, I will buy a physical copy of their album, in vinyl if I can (not because I am pretentious, but because
it's closer to owning tangible art than a CD). I've managed bands and worked for record labels and have done radio and promotions, and I know where
the money goes, and it's not to the artist. People that rip off Rihanna or Lil Wayne aren't really taking away from their millions. They're locked
into endorsements with Pepsi and earning royalties every time they're played in a film or on a major radio station. They have no problem selling out
40,000 seat venues. When it comes to independent artists, they require an avenue to disperse their music to the masses and doing that freely and
digitally helps to virally do that, because they've realized they don't make money off of iTunes. They would rather sell out shows and sell shirts
or posters and build a larger fan base. If anything, this helps weed out a majority of "artists" that enter the music industry for money alone. The
industry is already saturated with individuals that couldn't care less about the art of it all, afterall it is art, and are just around throwing
words at "beats" to make a quick buck. If you take out the easy money, you're left with a lot more pure-hearted talent, and that's truly what
music or any artform should be.