After my rant earlier about the state of music today, my faith has been restored. Firstly, by listening to more Joe Purdy – three full albums, and not a single song skipped. Secondly, by buying a large number of Joe Purdy albums for not a huge amount of money. Thirdly, by buying from CDBaby. Why? I’ll let them explain.
“CD Baby is a little online record store that sells albums by independent musicians.
[In•de•pen•dent: (adj.) Not having sold one’s life, career, and creative works over to a corporation.]
We’re just a bunch of people in a cool Portland, Oregon, warehouse that looks like a playground. We listen to every album we sell before we sell it, so we can help you find other albums you’ll like. We only sell music that comes directly from the musicians. No distributors. Musicians send us their music. We digitize and warehouse, sell them to you, and pay the musicians directly. Cool thing: in a regular record deal or distribution deal, musicians only make $1-$2 per album, if they ever get paid by their label. When selling through CD Baby, musicians make $6-$12 per album, and get paid weekly. In business, and thriving, since March 1998. We’re one of the largest sellers of independent music on the web – 208,453 artists sell their music at CD Baby; 3,803,202 CDs sold online to customers; and $61,636,855 has been paid directly to the artists.”
And when you buy…
“Only the musician whose music you buy will know who you are.”
I encourage everyone to visit the site – recommendations of artists who sound similar. Recommendations for the mood you’re in, and how you feel. And tons of music that, when sold, profits the artist.
Guys, well done.