At 10/16/12 06:13 AM, SenatorJohnDean wrote:
At 10/15/12 08:51 PM, RampantMusik wrote:
Fuck that I'm sellin and if you got the opportunity you know yo bitch ass would too. That's like saying you are a graphic designer and wouldn't take a job at Disney cuz that's sellout shit. FUCKTHAT
Unless they sell out and sign to a major label >:(
I don't buy major label albums, and I would sign a major label contract, because the artist won't get any of that money. It's how record labels work: you get an advance for your album, then all of that money (plus 'marketing' costs, plus CD printing costs, plus various other obscure costs the label manages to "find") become recoupables. And the artist won't get shit until all of his/her combined sales (album sales, mostly, but with 360 deals, now the labels can take some of your merchandising and touring profit, etc., too) make up that money... if you're getting a $600,000 advance, recoupables can be well into the $1,000,000's.
So, basically, the advance money the label gives you to produce your album is the only paycheck you're guaranteed as an artist.
I would consider signing to a small label, yeah, because those generally have terms more favorable to the artist: with some of them, you're not even really 'signed,' per se, they just handle the distribution - you split the upfront costs 50/50, and then on the back-end you split the profits, too.
So while you might take that opportunity, if I were ever offered a major label contract, I would politely decline it.