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On page 8. The Charts
"Have you listened to the radio lately? Have you heard the
canned, frozen and processed product being dished up to the
world as American popular music today?"
Do not let any record company disturb your creative flow. You
are not writing for the record company. You're writing for the
|- Grandmaster Flash
On the surface, Sound Exchange appears to be organization of artists and
record companies looking to collect fair compensation for commercial
performances of their music. However, that clearly changed in 2007, when the
U.S. copyright office designated them to collect performance royalties on behalf
of non-members. Somehow, the copyright office did not consider that
independent recording artists may not want to become members (especially
considering all that membership entails). Forcing independents to channel
performance royalties through Sound Exchange is obvious extortion. When you
consider the numbers, it is more than that.
Sound Exchange represents 3,500 record labels and 31,000 artists.
So, how can they be so evil?
Creativity is the most valuable human
characteristic. When an organization, in
the interest of a few, deviously acquires
the power to sabotage our right to share
creativity with the world; it is our duty as a
society, to over throw it.
|Why can't you record a song, then ask your roommate to stream the
song over his website?
Just hope that it does not become popular. If he starts to attract listeners,
he will be required to pay the Recording Industry Association of America for
playing your songs! If you wish to collect royalties from the RIAA, you must first;
become a legal corporation, request an application for membership in writing,
then send it in to be reviewed (which takes about 45 days). If you are approved
for membership you must then send your approval letter and a sales
declaration form to PricewaterhouseCoopers, so that they can calculate your
dues. Once you have paid your dues, and requested royalties, Sound Exchange
(the RIAA’s collection body) will send you a royalty check.
Truthfully; if an independent’s, Internet, radio station does not become popular,
then they probably will never be contacted by Sound Exchange. If they do
become popular, however, they must pay back from their first day of operation
"It's really hard to make a living as a musician. It's almost
|by: Jason Alan Johnson
|Over 95% of the labels represented,
are subsidiaries under 4
Their objective is (and has always
been) to own every popular recording.
This is why no independent artist has
ever been awarded a platinum record
by the RIAA. Art Beyond Audio is an
organization for independent artists.
The objective of the Sound Exchange
and the RIAA (the glue that binds the
majors), is to prevent independent
recording artists from becoming
|Sound Exchange will pay a $.65 royalty per listener per 40 hours. So, if the
artists were to join the RIAA to get back royalties, they would collectively receive
$338,000.00. The RIAA would profit $244,400. Together with the money from
downloads; the organized independents will have made a total combined profit
of minus $58,400.
(By the way, this fails to take into account the cost of incorporating, and
membership dues to the RIAA. Also, in 2009 the rate increases to $.0018, more
that 3 times the rate that terrestrial radio pays).
The disgraceful action that this industry has taken, to handicap independent
artists, is Un-american and ABA will not stand for it. If you are a member of
society, whether musician or music appreciator, it is your duty to stand up for
what is right. With the legal support of independent recording artists, ABA can
combat the capitalist destruction of all that is pure, just and righteous about
music. JUNX is the future of Internet radio and is worth fighting for.
|#1 Katy Perry
I kissed a girl
Take a bow
#3 Chris Brown
#5 Cold Play
Viva la vida
|Katy Perry is signed to Capitol Records.
Capitol is owned by EMI.
Rihanna is signed to Def Jam Records.
Def Jam is owned by Universal/Vivendi.
Chris Brown is signed to Jive Records.
Jive is owned by Sony/BMG.
Cold Play is signed to Capitol Records. (EMI)
Ne-Yo is signed to Def Jam Records.
Jordin Sparks is signed to Jive Records.
Usher is signed to La Face Records.
La Face is owned by Zomba Music Group,
which is owned by Sony/BMG
There is no industry for independent recording
artists. Let's create one.
Take a bow
#2 Katy Perry
I Kissed a Girl
#4 Jordin Sparks
No Air (feat. Chris Brown)
Love in this Club
(Top 5 downloads)
|Copyright Art Beyond Audio 2008
|- Billy Joel
The Industry WAR
|- Billy Joel
|Recording executives may capitalize on artists who sign their record deals, but
not if it means legally undermining or tactfully dismantling competition from
independents. This is only one of many roadblocks, created to deter us from
organizing our own recording businesses.
JUNX is a plan that the ABA group designed earlier this year. It involves
several Internet-based, streaming, radio stations that will exclusively play
independent recording artists. There is no need for performance royalties,
because the artists will have the power to add or subtract from the play list
whenever they wish. The purpose is only to allow independents to share their
music with the world. After a decade of working with hundreds of independent
musicians, the ABA group found that not a single one was a member of the
RIAA, and all of them were struggling to get terrestrial radio play. This could
have much to do with the fact that the very same corporations that own major
labels own the majority of terrestrial radio stations in the U.S.
Suppose JUNX attracts 10,000 listeners to a station that plays 20 of our best
artists. Say, optimistically, that each artist sells 10,000 downloads in the first
year, at $.93 a pop. Collectively, they will have just profited 186 thousand
dollars! Unfortunately, Sound Exchange will charge the station $.0014 per
listener per song. The average radio song is 3 minutes long and the average
listener, of internet radio, listens for 40 hours a week. At that rate, JUNX would
have to pay Sound Exchange $11,200.00 per week, or $582,400.00 a year.
Therefore, their objective to bankrupt the station is already achieved.
What if the artists and the station are organized together?
On page 3
EXCLUSIVE: The Industry WAR
by: Jason Alan Johnson
Who Owns What?
Here, you will see that the Internet is the only
remaining outlet for independent media.
"The executives who run these corporations believe that music
is solely a commodity.
...Artists are finally realizing their predicament is no different
from that of any other group with common economic and political
interests. They can no longer just hope for change; they must
fight for it."
|- Don Henley
|This Week - On The Charts
Billboard Hot 100
|Understand that for every Mariah Carey,
there are a hundred talented, attractive,
female singers who did not get the same
break (they did not: live in the right town,
meet the right executive, etc). Just because
they will never be featured on MTV, does
not mean that they should not be allowed to
play their music for the world.
New technology has given those
musicians the ability to record albums. The
Internet has given those musicians the
ability to distribute their albums to the world.
Artists should not loose their freedoms so
the industry can protect corporate profits.
"The record company stay out of
my way. Whenever the record is
finished, they take it."
"the root problem is not the artists,
the fans or even new Internet
technology. The problem is the
music industry itself. It's systemic."
|- Paul Simon
|- Don Henley
|Read: The Problem With Music by Steve Albini