How Much Do Artists REALLY Earn?

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 5 years ago '08        #1
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The digital age is giving power back to the artist and making them less dependent on the record labels. Artists have more control of their own music, artistic direction, artwork and promotions. With social media it gives artists the outlets necessary to promote their own brands but is there still a large amount of profit being made? According to RapRehab, If you take an artist with a major label deal and has signed an agreement entitling them to a low royalty profit on their CD sale. It would take the sale of 3871 units to equal a minimum wage salary of $1,160 a month.

Major label artist going Gold would make roughly $149,832 on the low royalty end to $500,00 on the higher royalty end. If an independent artist were to sell the same 500 thousand copies the would make $4,000,000, which is highly unlikely. As far as streaming music, an artist would have to have their music streamed on Rhapsody 849,817 times , Last.FM 1,546,667 times and Spotify 4,053,110 times to make $1,160 a month per stream outlet. The music industry’s future will revolve around the fact of making new experiences with an artist’s brand, as well as figuring out ways to think outside the box because you can’t rely only on record sells.


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 5 years ago '07        #2
Playa 70 heat pts70
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I'm more interested in how much they make from shows. How does the money earned doing shows get distributed to their teams?
 03-20-2013, 01:33 AM         #3
SOD RG 
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Sony dropped 1 mill

In the end they recouped about 1,000 of it

Something Bout Kreay
 5 years ago '04        #4
killacag 81 heat pts81
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Blue Slide Park debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with 145,000 copies sold in its first week, making it the first independently-distributed debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Food in 1995. As of August 2012, the album has currently sold 344,000 copies.


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 5 years ago '05        #5
WCIB 111 heat pts111
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 5 years ago '04        #6
C.R.I.P. 3 heat pts
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Thats why artist tour like crazy. Thats where the money's at.
 5 years ago '04        #7
killacag 81 heat pts81
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Found this list of cost to perform( not including monies made from ticket sales, merch ect..)


#1 Kanye West – $3 million sweet 16
#1 Jay-Z – $3 million sweet 16
#2 Eminem – $3.3 million for two nights at UK festival ($66k per song)
#3 50 Cent – $2 million for Gadafi's son (later donated to charity)
#4 Rihanna – $800,000
#5 Lil Wayne – $500,000
#6 Drake – $155,000
#7 Nicki Minaj – $150,000
#8 Akon – $120,000
#9 T.I. – $110,000
#10 Snoop Dogg – $105,000
#11 Rick Ross – $100,000
#12 Ludacris -$90,000
#13 Pitbull – $85,000
#14 B.o.B – $80,000
#15 Wiz Khalifa – $75,000
Cam'Ron – $75,000
J. Cole – $70,000
Young Jeezy – $60,000
The Game – $60,000
NeYo – $60,000
T-Pain – $60,000
Mac Miller – $55,000
Lupe Fiasco – $50,000
Mike Posner – $50,000
Souja Boy – $45,000
Plies – $45,000
Big Sean – $40,000
Taio Cruz – $42,500
Wale – $40,000
Kid Cui – $40,000
Yelawolf – $40,000
Fabolous – $35,000
Lil John – $35,000
Gucci Mane – $35,000
Flo Rida – $30,000
Juelz Santa – $30,000
Keri Hilson – $30,000
Waka Flocka – $25,000
Jadakiss – $25,000
Ginuwine – $20,000
Ray J – $17,500
Jim Jones – $17,000 + H2 Hummer rental and room at The Ritz
Bun B – $16,000
Pleasure P – $16,000
Fat Joe – $16,000
Tyga – $15,000
Yo Gotti – $15,000
Shwayze – $15,000
Meek Mill – $10,000
Mystikal – $10,000
 5 years ago '12        #8
hou12 
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Show money's where it's at

Young Scooter makes $15,000 a show, imagine what bigger artists make


Drop mixtapes/albums often and perform them sh*ts n*gga, Curren$y knows what he's doin
 5 years ago '12        #9
hou12 
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However, as Spotify grows the money will be back to the way it used to be, the bigger Spotify gets, the larger the royalties they pay out, In 5-10 years, artists should getting paid close to what it was like in the 90's
 5 years ago '04        #10
187Proof 470 heat pts470
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KInda wondering where that quote came from because Tha Dogg Pound's "Dogg Food" album was released on death Row Records. Not sure why they're considering that an independent release?
 5 years ago '05        #11
THEINFAMOUS 19 heat pts19
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 187Proof said:
KInda wondering where that quote came from because Tha Dogg Pound's "Dogg Food" album was released on death Row Records. Not sure why they're considering that an independent release?
Yeah I read that like
 5 years ago '07        #12
r.burgundy 16 heat pts16
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 Nyuzi said:
I'm more interested in how much they make from shows. How does the money earned doing shows get distributed to their teams?
show money has a ton of different factors,such as size of venue,location of venue,type of event,and tha actual rpomoter/promotion,and length of set they will perform
 5 years ago '04        #13
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 Lord Lovely said:
Came across this.

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real ish right there
 5 years ago '07        #14
Deniro732 8 heat pts
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good read
 5 years ago '06        #15
Big Bear 20 heat pts20
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If an independent artist were to sell the same 500 thousand copies the would make $4,000,000, which is highly unlikely
 5 years ago '09        #16
BryanBodyLotion 1 heat pts
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How do you think Wiz and Mac Miller are actually really well...they're independent so they get more money for themselves...
were from Pittsburgh..were smart
 5 years ago '05        #17
Quddus 12 heat pts12
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I would a.ssume going on a tour would bring in more sales. Probably make 40mil off touring. playing to all these arena's brings in a lot of money
 5 years ago '06        #18
Yung Dilla 1478 heat pts1478
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My n*gga heading towards plat status and sold 3 million singles another 1.5 mill ringtones this n*gga is caking lol


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 5 years ago '12        #19
iBoxden 27 heat pts27
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If i was a new artist that had a buzz as big as Drake did when he came through or on a Jay-Z level. To make my bread. Especially on a Major. I would go on a world tour with a new album. no retail, no itunes, no nothing. just straight release the album on tour. So you would have to come to the tour if you want the new album. no leakage of a great album that you should be buying. just make the entry rules strict. no phones no cameras. if caught.

 5 years ago '11        #20
Gatorfan2611 8 heat pts
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at ray j charging 17.5. n*gga please
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