via A Journal of Musical Things
by Alan Cross
June 19th, 2017
Once upon a time, the Beatles refused to allow their music to be sold on iTunes. When they finally relented, they wouldn’t play ball with streaming services. It took a few more years for that to get sorted.
But even as the Beatles’ holdout on the new technology ended, other artists remained outliers for digital files and/or streaming. Garth Brooks. Bob Seger. Tool. Prince. Led Zeppelin. Pink Floyd. Neil Young. Def Leppard. AC/DC. Taylor Swift. Their position was unwavering: “If you want these tunes, buy the CDs or vinyl.” It seems crazy no
And to be fair, they had a point. It used to be that a successful artist could rely on regular royalty payments from their back catalogue year after year after year. These successful albums worked like annuities or a retirement plan. Every few months, a nice, fat cheque would arrive in the mail. The Beastie Boys used to sell a couple million copies of
The Beastie Boys used to sell a couple million copies of Licensed to Ill every single year. At one point, every single Doors album sold in platinum numbers every 12 months. And the number of Beatles records sold over the decades is staggering.