Do you know for a fact the artists get paid? You might want to research that a bit more. There are some artists that get paid, but many don't. They get CHARGED to produce an album. They get CHARGED for the publicity. And after all those CHARGES which are paid to the label are covered, then the artist will get paid what is left. Funny thing is in many cases the CHARGES just seem to work out to be more than the income. If the artist is lucky they will det about 13% of the total profit. And that has to be split among all the band members and their Producers, Lawyers, and Managers.