Pufnstuf wrote:There are plenty of artists who are popular as recording stars but can't sell out a large venue as a concert draw. It's naive to think that every artists can make money through concerts alone.
Does "make money" = "making 100 million from a tour like U2 or Madonna does?".
Of course some artists won´t be able to sell out large venues... move to smaller venues then. These are the rules of the market.
What if only real musicians made music, and not so many of these crazy girls without any talent that want to live the "american dream" and become famous at any cost? What if we stopped looking at non-celebrity and non-charted musicians as total failures, and understand that music is a job like any other... if you can make money from it enough to pay your bills and live with your family with some comfort, then you´ve succeeded in your job.
You are really naive to think that artists don't care about being rich and famous. Of course they care. That is why they pursue record deals.
Well, they might care about being rich, but does this means WE need to care about THEM being rich? I think that´s totally nonsense. Of course everyone enjoys getting a lot of money from a job, but not everyone is able to. That doesn´t mean they have to quit their jobs. If an "artist" will quit his career because he isn´t able to become famous, then I´d say this type of "artist" won´t be missed in the scene. There´s a lot of difference between real musicians and young boys and girls who only have the dream of becoming stars and end up getting a record deal. The latter would spend more time at the gym or at the hair salon then actually training or playng an instrument, writing music, etc.
In any case, if an artist isn´t able to survive with his concerts, record sales or anything else he does with his music, there´s a simple solution: get a day job. That´s what everyone else has to do when they need to pay bills. There are failed lawyers, failed businessmen, failed athletes, etc. If an artist is not getting any interest from the public when it comes to concerts, airplay, digital sales, etc, then most likely he wouldn´t be selling millions of albums even if the album market was as big as in the 90´s!