Sunday, March 27, 2011

American Idol Official Tour Page 2011


DID I MENTION IM SO EXCITED FOR TOUR?!?! I Have only gone to see ONE American Idol Tour, and that was season 7.  Cookchuleta <3. 

I learned a lot from that experience.  When season seven tour PRE -SALE tickets went on sale I manically refreshed Ticket Master with my special early access POPTART code that was given at the American Idol official site. ( It allowed you access to the pre-sale)  I was so excited, and bought the tickets.   Here's what I learned from that.  Those tickets were lousy seats!!  Better seats were available during the regular sale, and then 2 days before the show I went to Ebay, and snagged 2 floor seats for 20.00 bucks!!  So, if you're heading to tour this year, don't let the pre-sale hype getcha!! Although, it's a great way to secure a ticket, there will be other ways.  Not saying DON'T buy presale, just letting you know if you can't, or find that the seats Ticket Master is assigning you don't float your boat, it's not the end of the world. <-- American Idol Tour Page, Nothing new there yet, but I can't wait!! I will add this to the right side bar,

Did I mention IM EXCITED FOR TOUR.  Especially since there doesn't seem to be any rivalry's like Season 7, some David Cook fans literally got up and left when Archie sang, and "vice versa"  NOT ALL,there are a lot of wonderful Cookie and Archies out there,  but it was sad! Being a CookChuleta I was shocked at the immaturity of ADULTS at that show.

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The Recording Industy. How much does an artist actually get paid, Scotty McCreery, American Idol

The Label, The Agent, The Artist, The A&R Rep, The mess of it.

I will be doing a blog on Monday in attempt to explain the Music Industry in Layman's terms. What happens when an Artist is signed to a recording label? Essentially, they themselves become a Business. In order for a recording artist to be successful there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle. I've been following music careers of other idols for several years now, and it's very frustrating. Here is a breakdown of what the artist will pay and to who after they are signed. This is based on if they manage to sell 200,000-250,000 thousand albums.  Last years winner Lee Dewyze hasn't broken 200,000 and either has Crystal. Kris Allen isn't doing that well either. David Archuleta recently LEFT his label and management team.  The numbers aren't pretty.  Actually it's pretty sad.  The label advances to the artist MONEY, but then everybody takes a piece of the pie.  Get ready to be shocked.  Here ya go...

Advance: $ 250,000
Manager's cut: $ 37,500
Legal fees: $ 10,000
Recording Budget: $ 150,000
Producer's advance: $ 50,000
Studio fee: $ 52,500
Drum Amp, Mic and Phase "Doctors": $ 3,000
Recording tape: $ 8,000
Equipment rental: $ 5,000
Cartage and Transportation: $ 5,000
Lodgings while in studio: $ 10,000
Catering: $ 3,000
Mastering: $ 10,000
Tape copies, reference CDs, shipping tapes, misc. expenses: $ 2,000
Video budget: $ 30,000
Cameras: $ 8,000
Crew: $ 5,000
Processing and transfers: $ 3,000
Off-line: $ 2,000
On-line editing: $ 3,000
Catering: $ 1,000
Stage and construction: $ 3,000
Copies, couriers, transportation: $ 2,000
Director's fee: $ 3,000
Album Artwork: $ 5,000
Promotional photo shoot and duplication: $ 2,000
Band fund: $ 15,000
New fancy professional drum kit: $ 5,000
New fancy professional guitars [2]: $ 3,000
New fancy professional guitar amp rigs [2]: $ 4,000
New fancy potato-shaped bass guitar: $ 1,000
New fancy rack of lights bass amp: $ 1,000
Rehearsal space rental: $ 500
Big blowout party for their friends: $ 500
Tour expense [5 weeks]: $ 50,875
Bus: $ 25,000
Crew [3]: $ 7,500
Food and per diems: $ 7,875
Fuel: $ 3,000
Consumable supplies: $ 3,500
Wardrobe: $ 1,000
Promotion: $ 3,000
Tour gross income: $ 50,000
Agent's cut: $ 7,500
Manager's cut: $ 7,500
Merchandising advance: $ 20,000
Manager's cut: $ 3,000
Lawyer's fee: $ 1,000
Publishing advance: $ 20,000
Manager's cut: $ 3,000
Lawyer's fee: $ 1,000
Record sales: 250,000 @ $12 =
Gross retail revenue Royalty: [13% of 90% of retail]:
$ 351,000
Less advance: $ 250,000
Producer's points: [3% less $50,000 advance]:
$ 40,000
Promotional budget: $ 25,000
Recoupable buyout from previous label: $ 50,000
Net royalty: $ -14,000

Record company income:
Record wholesale price: $6.50 x 250,000 =
$1,625,000 gross income
Artist Royalties: $ 351,000
Deficit from royalties: $ 14,000
Manufacturing, packaging and distribution: @ $2.20 per record: $ 550,000
Gross profit: $ 7l0,000

The Balance Sheet: This is how much each player got paid at the end of the game.
Record company: $ 710,000
Producer: $ 90,000
Manager: $ 51,000
Studio: $ 52,500
Previous label: $ 50,000
Agent: $ 7,500
Lawyer: $ 12,000
Band member net income each: $ 4,031.25

The band is now 1/4 of the way through its contract, has made the music industry more than 3 million dollars richer, but is in the hole $14,000 on royalties. The band members have each earned about 1/3 as much as they would working at a 7-11, but they got to ride in a tour bus for a month. The next album will be about the same, except that the record company will insist they spend more time and money on it. Since the previous one never "recouped," the band will have no leverage, and will oblige. The next tour will be about the same, except the merchandising advance will have already been paid, and the band, strangely enough, won't have earned any royalties from their T-shirts yet. Maybe the T-shirt guys have figured out how to count money like record company guys.
Steve Albini is an independent and corporate rock record