When you have sold over 100m albums and shift more tickets today than you did in your supposed peak in the 1980s, you are “not exactly hurting” for money and can therefore afford to take your time when considering the leap into new, digital revenue streams.
This, according to Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott, was one major factor behind the band not putting their entire catalogue on streaming or download services until earlier this month. But there were other factors – notably a very public war of words with Universal Music over the handling and licensing of their catalogue, including the mega-selling Pyromania and Hysteria albums.
Elliott rarely held back in interviews over the past decade when asked why Def Leppard were digital holdouts.
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UK-based musician Laura Kidd writes, produces and records music as She Makes War, with three albums under her belt so far. She’s crowdfunding her fourth using PledgeMusic: here’s her take on the experience as an artist.
“In the time since I crowdfunded my second album ‘Little Battles’ in 2011, using sites like PledgeMusic to raise money for recording and releasing records has become part of the musical landscape.
This shift in culture from “why are musicians begging me for money?” to “I have no problem pre-ordering Robbie Williams’ new album on Pledge Music” was aided in no small part by Amanda Palmers’s $1.2m Kickstarter in 2012 but all this is, of course, happening long after Marillion paved the way for all of us when they raised $60,000 upfront from fans so they could tour the US in 1997.
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