Time was when you went to a show and got a t-shirt that you could wear around and brag about having been at the show. These days you can order one online, along with other merch, without ever having to go to a show. A lot of fans might be able to afford a shirt but not the ticket.
I think a lot (most?) fans want to support the artists and they *think* they are supporting them with platforms like Spotify - most fans don't have any idea how little money is going to the artists from streaming services.
Thanks for writing, Chrisso. Who's to say how long it takes to write a great song? Lots of great songs were written really quickly, lots of them took a long time. Keith Richards came up with the riff for "Satisfaction" when he was asleep. But recording costs have gone down, not stayed the same. As for merchandise, the article didn't say streaming invented new income in the form of merchandise, but rather that it helps build fan bases so that artists can make money on merchandise and tours. And it does.
Years into this debate and we're still seeing the same mistruths being pedalled.
1) Yes, the cost of CD media came down, but the cost of musicians, studios, the time it takes to write a great song remained the same or increased. The cost of a music industry CD was 99% the cost of musicians, recording, man hours work, not the cost of the 0.50p CD carrier.
2) Musicians have always sold merchandise at shows. Streaming hasn't invented new income from selling t-shirts at your show. That income already existed. Streaming stripped out the income from record sales. So most musicians now earn much less, not more or even the same.
It's no surprise the musicians you example all have day job or live day to day on little income.
Is that a good thing for the music scene and music lovers worldwide? No.
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