[linux-elitists] Re: pho: Tonight on Disney

Steve Beattie steve@wirex.net
Wed Oct 24 18:29:30 PDT 2001

On Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 04:30:00PM -0700, Marc MERLIN wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2001 at 04:58:51AM -0700, Derek Vadala wrote:
> > Very, very few artists on major labels make money from touring. It is, in
> > fact, a money-losing endeavor designed to sell records and
> > merchandise. Merchandising is usually built into record contracts from the
> > get-go. So most bands get fucked on those sales the same way they get
> > fucked on record sales. 
> Just curious.
> On a $15-$20 CD, how much money actually goes in their pocket?
> $1? more? less?

For the canonical discussion on how major label record contracts screw
people over, read Steve Albini's article "The Problem With Music"
(which appeared in Baffler #5):


While somewhat out of date since it was written in the early 90s, in
the article he asserts a typical deal is 12-13% of 90% of retail, or
roughly 10-11% of the selling price (so roughly $1.50 per $15 CD). But
bands get fucked in the details of contracts and the article explains
a lot of how that happens.

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