Many musicians and songwriters still believe that they can strike it rich by becoming a recording artist.

It has never been easy — and seldom lucrative — to be a star. In the top 40 era (1950s through 1980s) most artists who had a major recording deal went broke in a big way. Recording and songwriting royalties were swallowed by the record companies and music publishers. The artists were even paying the record companies the majority of their live performance money since those companies paid for the touring expenses (and charged huge interest on the “loans”).

Creative bookkeeping more often favored the companies than the artists — even the Beatles. Their first recording/publishing deal was a giant rip-off.

Yet even today, people have stars in their eyes about having a hit song.

Here’s the reality — you need to get your song played 1,000,000 times on Spotify to make $3,000. And only a handful of songs ever reach that. And those songs are all “Producer” songs — the artists are just puppets.

Winners of competition shows (American Idol, The Voice, Star Search, etc) have signed outrageous contracts to get into that system and their future career is basically indentured servitude.

The people making money today are doing their own live performance and tour bookings and are licensing their music themselves.

The glamor has faded — but it was always just a mirage.

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I want to let you know that I have shifted my songwriting blog over to WordPress and have renamed it Songwriting Zen.

The reasons for this move are many and varied and I wont go into them here.

I want to thank the people of Quikonnex for hosting Corey Stewart Songwriting Tips and my other blogs for the past 4 years.

I also want to thank everyone who has visited my blog, read my posts and made comments. The interaction with you all is fantastic and extremely valuable (even though I’ve been a bit slow in replying to some of you).

You can now find me at Songwriting Zen.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart


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