Katy Perry Shows How The Problem With The Major Labels Is Economics, Not Piracy
from the there's-a-lot-of-inefficiency dept
But, of course, Perry, herself isn't struggling. As the full podcast by Planet Money notes, Perry has been able to avoid getting sucked into a "360" deal where the label gets to take some of all the revenue she earns. They just get the record sales. Perry, in the meantime, is estimated to have made $44 million in 2011 -- a large chunk of that coming from her tour, which alone grossed over $50 million.
What you begin to realize as you see more and more stories like this is, once again, the "problem" has nothing to do with the "music industry" failing... or even that musicians aren't able to make money any more. It's all about the bad economics of the record labels. They set themselves up to fail this way, focusing solely on that one slice of the pie, and not moving very quickly to adapt when the market shifts. Instead, they seem to have kept up the inefficiencies associated with making such a "hit" album, without figuring out a way to profit from the results. Of course, for artists like Perry, things are great. She's able to make a ton of money, most of which doesn't first have to filter through the label...