This is more BS and misleading information. So what if live shows are helping to compensate for the death of the music business. This does nothing for producers, songwriters, engineers, studio owners and the studio musicians who actually make the records. It ALL boils down to revenue from the sale of music. Why is it that every time there's an argument about the music business it's only about the artists. The trickle down effect is what's killing the industry due to lack of sales over all. Again, I have an artist with 60 million youtube views. I have learned first hand that as long as i give it to them for free, they will not buy it, with the exception of 50k singles. Divide up the net profit after iTunes between the artist, songwriters and producers after recouping the costs and we're all still working at McDonalds!
Let's play a game, you write a song, put it out there for free… that is of course after you've paid a producer, musicians, engineer, bgvs and all other related costs. Now this has to be your only source of income as well. Even better, let's make this a reality show so that we can all learn from you since you seem to have all the answers regarding FREE and copyright law. Hell, I can't understand why all of the majors have nabbed you to come run their labels. Seems like you have all the answers!
I could be considered one of the lottery winners. However, I would contend it had everything to do with skillful songwriting and producing, which took years of blood, sweat and tear to achieve. I'm a huge advocate of new technology and embrace the digital revolution, but I vehemently disagree with this article and the previous ones regarding Free music. Everyone always talks about the artists making money. What about the support positions like producer, engineer, studio musicians etc… which are really struggling about now because it's hard to justify the cost to produce music that ultimately is taken for free? Thus, fewer projects are being recorded, which affects more than just the artist. To further dispute your theory, I have an artist nearing 60 million youtube views. Last year we sold a whopping 50k singles. Guess who is making the money there? I have yet to find ONE real artist able to survive on the free model, not to mention the aforementioned team of co-creators it takes to sustain a career.
If you can please take me step by step from the creation of the song to ROI, I'm all ears. instead of making these assumptions, please provide line item accounting that what you're stating is actually the truth. I can certainly provide accounting to dispute it.