But the real bitch? performers never got paid for radio play, just writers. Performers got paid for sales.
This is why those bands tour, and tour and tour. And why the Motown guys had to tour and do live shows in casinos until they dropped dead. When I learned that the bands got screwed over then screwed again on the record deals I made it a point to go see live shows and buy stuff at the venue so at least some of my cash was going to the people whom I was interested in. Even if you managed to sell 10,000 albums/CD's all that cash went to pay the label, and you still got nothing. as a mixer, you probably made more on the albums than some of the bands you worked for.
And neither does anybody else, and that's why there's a new article like this every six months.
Because these guys are scared. Maybe they are the true believers too deep in the weeds to see a way out and are crying for someone, ANYONE, to save them. Maybe they are the guys with a bit of a good idea, but lose the audience and fade into the aether. But the point is, IMO, there is someone out there with zero baggage looking at the media, the internet, audiences, funding and is going to put it all together.
I had to explain virtual machines to a new guy today and realized how lucky he is to not have my baggage of 20 plus years of IT work. He gets the point instantly without having to translate to physical computer lingo to understand what I am talking about. Same thing with the people growing up now or even those in college. And when they pull off the shift, guys like you and I are going to go "Why didn't I think of that?"