posted on Nov, 21 2004 @ 07:27 PM
Myself being in the Music Biz, and an Avid lover of Music can see it both ways.
1. You have the Artist, which is given a lump sum of money to put towards the recording, this includes everything from Pics, Strings, Food, Lodging,
Producer, Engineer, Yadda Yadda. Once the Final recording is mastered, and Artwork etc. is put together, it is shipped out to stores. Now if the
company itself is not a distributor, you have to pay someone to distribute it for you...ie BMG. Even though the CD may sell for $12-$19 a pop. The
artist only sees about 1% of the sale, and that only comes AFTER you pay back the Advance for the Album, and any other $$ Advances that were given
upon signing your contract. So even if the album goes Platinum (1 Million Sales) @ $17.00 a CD = $17 million, the Artist will probably only see around
$170,000, and that gets split between the group/Artist. So out of this 1 member out of a four piece act will only see $42,500. Most groups do not
usually see a Platinum Album untill after a year, and in some cases only after the second album.
Now the way an Artist makes money, is through touring and Merchandising. But 9 times out of 10 they Have to Pay for it out of Pocket. So this $170,000
made off of a Platinum album, usually would go right into the touring. The less CD's that are bought, the less money they see over a very short
period of time. Then they must get another advance from the Company for touring which will take longer for them to pay back. This is just based out of
a simple contract. Now when it gets more in depth, such as Points on the record for the Producer and what not, they may see less, but that is a price
to pay to get a top notch Producer.
2. As a fan, I always hated that singles are only available for about 2-3 Months, after that you are pretty much forced to buy the Album, even if you
only want that one song. Then you have albums that are out of print and are nearly impossible to get. Everybody and their Mom has copied tapes and
Cd's from their friends, so why should this be any different? Well instead of having about 20 people to get it from, you know have Millions. Their
are some groups were I only like one song, this is where P2P comes in handy.
In my opinion, the Companies should not be bitchin because they see the most money from the sales, and also have those stocks pushing more money in
their Pockets. I think the big thing is the fact that the Economy has sucked for awhile now and no one wants to go out and spend money, especially
someone like me who needs to put that $20 into my daughters Future. Had I been making more money, and my place of Business not taking a hit which lead
to reduction in Hours and Pay, I might be able to afford to Pay for it.