Originally Posted by Neenja
You could try reading the ones in your links.
I must have missed the part where any of them state overall recorded music revenues are up. If you could highlight that for me, I'd appreciate it.
AFAIK, individual song downloads are up, year to year, and all digital sales are up year to year - but as yet, both combined are not enough to offset the revenue losses of declining CD sales.
In other words, total aggregate recorded music sales revenue is down.
But, if you can show me where those links report to the contrary, I'm happy to see it.
as for Imogen... what is interesting to me is that if she were signed to a major label, given her sales history, fan base and social media awareness - she would get a tour support advance no problem (especially if they're dragging a couple of catalog releases as well).
Under the DIY model she either has to not tour, or at a level she believes appropriate, or find private equity investors.
Which is an interesting turn. Would private equity invest in tour support? How would that ROI look different from a label deal, better or worse? Either way the artist requires more financial support to build or maintain their career than they have themselves.
However, as devils advocate the Eagles don't appear to be having this problem. But then again, Imogen Heap is not an artist in that strata. So here again we see - old model built something that is lasting through years of investment, new model being cut short because of a lack of investment.