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How is indy defined in these stats? What it means isn't always self-evident.


none of these stats prove your conclusion..... it may speak more to the downturn of the majors more than a 'renaissance' for indies --- take market share, for example; if indie market share increases, the indies still may be selling less than in years prior, just not as much less as a percentage as the majors. This analysis applies to almost all your stats, including grammys

Suzanne Lainson

Are there any figures on profitability? I know that at least some indie labels are struggling to make money. I'm trying to collect as much info as I can on what is selling and to whom. We know that artists have three major income streams: music sales, merchandise sales, and ticket sales. Getting actually financial info from bands is hard to come by.

Jami Jackson

It's comforting to know that indie labels are gaining ground. Regardless of what the major labels are doing, indie labels are not going extinct just yet.


Big Blue X was here.

- Carl

Jackie Henrion

It seems to me that your definition of Indie is not stylistic, but rather every entity that is NOT owned or a subsidiary of the majors. The business propositions made possible by recording and production technology have changed the risk/scale calculations dramatically. The major label overhead decisions of the past just simply don't work anymore. Thanks for the specifics.

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