Do album sales matter anymore?

Author:John Frank
Date:2019-11-12 20:54:59
From a musician's perspective, is the economic purpose of recording and releasing music solely to get people to attend shows and/or buy merchandise? Do independent artists have a different perspective than artists signed to labels? Does the medium matter (streaming vs. sales of mp3s vs. sales of physical media)?

Why should someone purchase an album when most artists accept getting $0.007 (or more likely a portion of that) per stream?

"It's not exactly a horrible album, but it's no better than something by, I dunno, Pagan's Mind or some other shirt-tucking nerdprog band." - Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh
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