Bands live and die while travelling depending on merch sales. Especially if you’re the opener getting a tiny guarantee for each show. You NEED great merch and a great merch seller at each and every show. Someone with the merch table when doors ready to accept after they close. But, obviously, you want a group of followers first. Don’t go buying thousands in merch inventory if you are only bringing 40 people locally.
Not T-Boz or Chili, not just one of the two girls who have been able to have ‘fungetting together with you, the fans, through this process. And the update claims a tentative release date of 3 months from now. Why not now? The website Cyber TLC World (wait, we’re sure it is not 1996, right?) quotes T-Boz as saying this in January of the year:
I mean, has anyone added in the entire scope of music to view how it s fared within the ages of piracy? Music Industry translates to record sales Motionless In White classic tickets (which we know has plummeted), sometimes adds in licensing, streaming, etc. What about merch? What about concert attendance? What about touring grosses across the board? Sure individuals have been cutting back on recorded music, but wait, how has got the whole scope of consuming music gone?
There are also several probably illegal videos floating within the 40k-60k view range. At a guess, these may be worth $100-$200 each. I keep thinking there s a niche space for a person to setup a site that identifies all the illegal videos in the long tail and covers filing lots of claims to acquire a smaller cut of the ad revenue. Of course, the artist must accept to maintain your illegal videos up, then.
The response raises questions on what constitutes a ‘traditional American’. Kanye West, one of the biggest rappers alive, was given birth to in Atlanta and was raised in Chicago. His rags-to-riches, by-the-bootstraps success certainly qualifies as American, as does his perseverance against repeated rejection.