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 Post subject: Re: Eros arriving in Sainsburys
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:36 am 
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Clauses often allow them to licence tracks to whomever they want indefinitely for zero royalties “promotion” Or they relied on the ‘the advance was never recouped’ argument. And of course the advance was never recouped as the small print usually says the entire cost of recording, touring etc etc is at the cost of the Band. So those 4 blokes pressing buttons in the studio that you never met before were quite likely being paid by you!


I'm afraid that's the way it goes. Record company contracts are worded in such a convoluted manner as to be impenetrable to the layman. The 'legal' jargon they contain is so hard to understand, written by layers to deliberately mask what the contract really means. And artists then have to pay other lawyers to decipher them, and even then, it comes down to a 'take it or leave it' deal with the artist getting the lesser part of it..

But these deals are never in favour of the artist and the major companies always come out tops. And remember, an artist only has one career, and one chance of that career being successful, whereas the record company has dozens, perhaps hundreds of artists signed to it, all generating income for the company. And from my personal experience, many of the smaller, independent companies are just as problematic. Getting proper accounting and regular royalty payments from them can be a nightmare.

And, as Bob says, ultimately, the artist is paying for everything, the manufacturing, packaging, promotion, tour support, etc, etc. It all gets deducted from royalties before the artist receives a single penny from his work. Why do musicians continue to fall for this? Because they love music and their creativity drives them more than a lust for money. Money, however, is what drives the record companies...


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 Post subject: Re: Eros arriving in Sainsburys
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:02 pm 
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I wonder if this might be the single version... :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Eros arriving in Sainsburys
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:21 pm 
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changing the subject slightly, watching a 'guitar heroes' prog on TV the other day, and who should pop up somewhere between Hendrix and Lofgren but our very own guitar hero cracking out Maid in Heaven with his 1980's art rock band. Quelle bonne surprise, as my french teacher would say

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