See, here's where we are disconnecting. There are PLENTLY of artists being paid. It's just that across the board the artists that traditionally made a TON aren't making nearly as much because people don't like to pay for recordings of music anymore. BEcause of NAPSTER, The labels greed and failure to adjust to the consumer's wants and needs etc. That's been stomped into the dirt on these and other forums..Whatever...The POINT is there are MANY more opportunities for millions of artists to make income than when the big 4 were in charge of all the doors to the industry. That business, as it was run, is over. OF course people attatched to the old ways of thinking and the old ways of doing business are pissed and don't want it to change. Well, it has and it's NEVER going back. Younger artists understand this and many of them came up in this era and NEVER knew the era where the industry made a lot more from selling recordings and they are finding new ways to make $$ that frankly, many of the oldsters can't understand for the simple reason that they are tied to the old way of doing business where selling recordings were the centerpiece of their profit. Again...that's over but now we see many different small pies. Touring is and live business is doing fine..Again, kids are reinventing this business and more DIY that EVER before are able to make a living from their craft. This is a PLUS for Music, not a negative. We are in changing times and many tied to the past..Horse and buggy salesman, will be caught up and go out of business. That's happened time and time again. There are NEW labels and new ways of running a label and artists that have emerged and these people ARE tech savy and are on the forefront of defining a new business model that is drastically different than the old one so many of you are pining over. I frankly find it sad. Adapt, and overcome or die.
Some of these new labels that are blazing a new path for the new Music Industry are Dangerbird, Jagjaguwar, SecretlyCanadian etc...Anyway, enjoy your golf game