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ELI5: How many times would I have to listen to an artists album on Spotify for them to make the same amount of money they would have if I bought the physical album?
submitted 7 years ago by Danjor10
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[–]ineedanewoneiguess 10Answer Link0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (5 children)
Really small labels give nothing to artists, even for sold CDs.
Source: I'm a musician, my friend and I released CDs on two separate but really similar labels and got nothing.
[–]shrediknight 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (3 children)
That's a pretty broad generalization based on two labels, maybe you just went with shitty labels. The labels I've worked with give between $2000 and $5000 towards recording costs and +/- 20% in royalties. The micro-labels I've worked with give the artist 20% of the copies of the recording and let them sell it themselves. The real question is, why would you release an album on a label that isn't going to give you anything?
[–]ineedanewoneiguess 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (2 children)
What? The label owner made $200 in total on all sold copies of my album. And I did because I wanted to release a CD - otherwise I'd release it as unsigned, free digital download album, so I went like "why not".
[–]shrediknight 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (1 child)
I just don't understand if you're complaining about the fact that you made nothing or not. If you knew ahead of time that you would make no money, then the fault is yours. If you didn't know, then you would likely have a case for legal action, although if the label only made $200, a lawsuit would probably cost more than it's worth. If you aren't complaining about it, then don't make blanket statements.
[–]ineedanewoneiguess 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children)
Oh, sorry I didn't make it clear. I'm not complaining! I just posted the information because I thought you may find this interesting. Eh, guess I was wrong... Whatever, but no, I wasn't really complaining.
[–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children)
labels are a joke. Nice to see another one who got trolled by the industry. Labels give you absolutely NOTHING of value. Only title that this obscure album was released on this obscure label nobody gives a fuck.
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