Your money on ablums

The breakdown of the cost of a typical high-rpofile new album with a list price of $15.99

  • 17 cents - Musicians' unions
  • 80 cents - Packaging/manufacturing
  • 80 cents - Retail Profit
  • 82 cents - Publishing royalties
  • 90 cents - Distribution
  • $1.60 - Artists' royalties
  • $1.70 - Label profit
  • $2.40 - Marketing/promotion
  • $2.91 - Label overhead
  • $3.89 - Retail overhead


Source: Almighty Institute of Music Retail
Or, in a pretty form:
Album Pie Chart
Besides the rather self-aggrandizing name, here is what the 'institute' does:

The Almighty Institute of Music Retail helps record labels and music retailers better communicate with each other to sell and promote more music.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.