I came across an interesting interview with KISS bassist Gene Simmons. He says current model for the music industry is setting up new artists to fail. A song can get millions of streams on Spotify and other platforms, but still only result in a couple hundred dollars in royalties for the artists and songwriters.
Even if a young artist has a song that’s streamed 1 million times, they will still get a few bucks. Because they can’t compete with the established artists who get 80 million listens. The revenues are split according to your share in the big pool.
In the old days, maybe a quarter of the million listeners would have purchased the album or the single.
So, the only way to make money for new artists is to sell tickets for live events. But they can’t go on tour because they don’t have the funds from record sales.
Quality of music does play a role, but the stats are clear when it comes to damages done by streaming.
Last year in 2019, only 1 album had 1 million+ physical sales:
1. Taylor Swift, Lover, 1.09 million 2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, 594,597 3. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins, 483,565 4. Harry Styles, Fine Line, 452,500 5. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born: OST 2018, 437,732 6. BTS, Map of the Soul: Persona, 383,239 7. Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding, 356,994 8. Tool, Fear Inoculum, 344,285 9. Backstreet Boys, DNA, 313,616 10. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next, 267,586
Whereas 20 years before in 1999, everyone was at 1 million+ sales:
1. Millennium / Backstreet Boys ~ 9,445,732 2. ...Baby One More Time / Britney Spears ~ 8,358,619 3. Ricky Martin / Ricky Martin ~ 5,981,155 4. Come On Over / Shania Twain ~ 5,618,134 5. Significant Other / Limp Bizkit ~ 4,952,890 6. Supernatural / Santana ~ 4,732,589 7. Devil Without a Cause / Kid Rock ~ 4,259,736 8. FanMail / TLC ~ 4,186,685 9. Christina Aguilera / Christina Aguilera ~ 3,662,905 10. Wide Open Spaces / Dixie Chicks ~ 3,463,642
20 years ago if you wanted to hear an artist's CD without pissing off Lars Ulrich, you had to go out to the store and buy the whole album. Now that same process takes 2 clicks on Spotify, and it's a lot more modular since you can pick and choose what to listen to. Of course, that convenience comes with a cost, and unfortunately it's at the expense of the musicians. Somehow the system that kept the industry from completely dying due to piracy is now preventing anyone who isn't a viral TikTok meme from making any viable amount of money at all.
Hervard: Either seize the weird man or the sheik who neither uses protein nor caffeine at his leisure.
Oct 20, 2020 10:54:46 GMT -5
Hervard: In case anyone's wondering, that is a sentence I made up using the eight "exception" words to the "i before e except after c" rule - words with a long "e" sound, that is. I learned all of this in English class in my junior year in HS.
Nov 6, 2020 19:41:51 GMT -5
Soul Break: Too cerebral for me lol
Nov 7, 2020 17:33:30 GMT -5
J.T.: Frickin' English...here are a couple mind-blowing sentences, in that they are grammatically correct: "All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life" or "The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families."
Nov 14, 2020 16:26:45 GMT -5
J.T.: Some languages have tongue twisters. We don't need those in English. The whole gosh darn language is a tongue twister and a mind bender!
Nov 14, 2020 16:27:15 GMT -5
Soul Break: jajajajja They're cool! But yes, the languge itself is a tongue twister! lol
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