I’m grateful to Bandcamp, where I have my music, at jelila.bandcamp.com Bandcamp have paid over $200 million to artists, and have seen 20% growth this year, where streaming companies and the music business saw a downturn. Bandcamp also do not rip artists off, like streaming companies do. Did you know that an artist who streams 1,000,000 songs only receives about $4,000? Bandcamp also lets artists price their own albums – which streaming companies don’t. I’m grateful to Bandcamp! Thanks Bandcamp! ❤
And now some genuinely great news in an otherwise unremarkable week: every aspect of Bandcamp’s business was up in 2016. Digital album sales grew 20%, tracks 23%, and merch 34%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl, which was up 48%, and further boosted by CDs (up 14%) and cassettes (up 58%). Every single one of these numbers represents an acceleration over last year’s growth. Hundreds of thousands of artists joined Bandcamp in 2016, more than 2,000 independent labels came on board (like Dischord, Merge, and Dualtone), and the rate of fan signups tripled. Fans have now paid artists nearly $200 million using Bandcamp, and they buy a record every three seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The record business overall did not fare as well. According to Nielsen, it grew 3% in the U.S. in 2016, while sales of digital albums…
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