Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Musicians Need to Make Money

It would be easy to hate on Iggy Pop for thinking that he could say something like this so soon after we were all reassured that giving away music for free would lead to increased sales:

During his half-hour address, the 67-year-old shared anecdotes and experiences from his own career, and at one point noted: "If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales I'd be tending bars between sets." Defending his Swiftcover commercial, he said: "If I wanna make money, well how about selling car insurance? At least I'm honest. It's an ad and that's all it is"

This is why you can't blame people like Iggy for trying to monetize themselves in ways that would have been unthinkable thirty years ago. They need to make living, and album sales alone could never generate the amount of money that has been pouring into (but not out of) the various streaming sources out there.

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