Rolling Stone Reveals How Artists Make Money from Digital Music Services

October 26th, 2011

Rolling Stone published yesterday an article calledThe New Economics of the Music Industry.

The article details how various online music services pay artists.

The entire article is worth a read, but here are some excerpted charts that should provide a good intro understanding to the complicated landscape:

(Keep in mind two things.  First, an artist won’t see any of this money until the label has fully recouped expenses for the album.  Second, an artist may choose to partner with a company like TuneCore to distribute to these digital services and avoid the label payout all together.)