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Bryan Adams feels sorry for young musicians trying to build a career in the record industry, because he's convinced they are all struggling to make a living.
The rocker admits he made good money at the height of his fame, but he's adamant the music business has changed since then and current chart stars aren't earning decent wages.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, "I feel quite sad for the young musicians coming up because they may never get to pay their rent properly. It doesn't matter what the genre; nowadays, it's so much harder than it ever was.
"You want to get paid for your work and be able to take something home to your family or yourself. I tip my hat to anybody today that can make music and move forward."


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"maybe they can try working like the rest of us." Yeah that's right yowzayowza, perhaps David Bowie should have just stuck to cleaning people's kitchens for living rather than writing 'Life on Mars', we'd have really fantastic music then. Enjoy your Dave Clark Five records when you get home tonight.
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What are you people complaining about? yowzayowza... people like Adams make music so that we people who work can listen to music while we work, or have something good to listen to on our way home... maybe we should just be like a communist country, where there is no culture except for employment."Young musicians" today can't make enough money because:A - There is already a load of good music to listen to. I was born in 1990, and most of the music I listen to wasn't even made in my lifetime. And you can listen to much of it for free on the Internet today.B - There is no "music scene" anymore; it's not like the 60s, or the 70s, or the 80s, where there was a new hot type of music that was actually good to listen to.
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The comment on musician should work like the rest of us is just plain ignorant. In a time when we need more social interaction, the" Biz" makes it harder for musicians, writers, poets to convay meaningful content. Who do we blame? The digital age?, producers, distributors....The list goes on. Not to mention pirates and you know who you are! Most musicians I know work their butts off with 2 or 3 jobs and then go play a gig till 2AM and go home dead tired. So if you don't mind try to work as hard as they do to make a living honestly. Otherwise, Shut your gob!!!!!!
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@nuffsaid - Pirating exists because of the greed and profit exhibited by the record industry. When you have to spend $100 to find a single song that's worth listening to it drives people to look for other sources. Quit making crap and charging ridiculous amounts for it and people will stop pirating. The same goes for the movie industry. They charge you and arm and a leg to see the movie. They gouge (yes that is the correct word) on snacks and beverages. And then they go ahead (Because they weren't ripping you off enough) and sell your time to advertisers behind your back. When a movie says to start at 7, it should start at 7. My 15 minutes shouldn't be sold to Toyota so they can bombard me from 7-715 with commercials that didn't save me any money on my ticket or food.The greed for profit capitalism system has to go, so long as it remains quality of life will continue to downgrade. And the victims will be preyed up more and more by the corporations as they lose the ability to fight back. Get your head out of the sand.
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well said. I'm one of those musicians that are trying to make our way Today. Thanks Brain - Great thoughts - what can be done? - BluesRiverMan
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It's always been exceptionally difficult to make it. I know many, many musicians who for the love of the art, have struggled to get by for decades. But he's right, today more than ever. At least, the music business used to be able to support artists so that they could reach their potential and record, but today such an investment of time is considered a poor investment.Vinyl records are the only thing that might bring music back into the business. As a composer, I would never allow my music to be distributed digtially. One copy and it's earning potential is gone forever -- that's the current investment risk. Not worth it., It's always been exceptionally difficult to make it. I know many, many musicians who for the love of the art, have struggled to get by for decades. But he's right, today more than ever. At least, the music business used to be able to support artists so that they could reach their potential and record, but today such an investment of time is considered a poor investment.Vinyl records are the only thing that might bring music back into the business. As a composer, I would never allow my music to be distributed digtially. One copy and it's earning potential is gone forever -- that's the current investment risk. Not worth it., It's always been exceptionally difficult to make it. I know many, many musicians who for the love of the art, have struggled to get by for decades. But he's right, today more than ever. At least, the music business used to be able to support artists so that they could reach their potential and record, but today such an investment of time is considered a poor investment.Vinyl records are the only thing that might bring music back into the business. As a composer, I would never allow my music to be distributed digtially. One copy and it's earning potential is gone forever -- that's the current investment risk. Not worth it.
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@ YuriNalarm and othersMy comment was more directed to working for a living and not about piracy. I agree with Brian even if I don't listen to his stuff often. The music Biz needs to concentrate on remunerating the artists and not line the pocket of the distributors and other agents who take advantage of young talent. For true artists the life they choose is more a vocation and not necessarily just a job. It is nonetheless honest work and it needs to be acknowledge. Sites like ITunes store and others similar must deliver better returns to composers and performers. As for vinyl records previously mentioned it is so easy to transfer from analog to digital that just publishing under that format is not effective. I do prefer the analog media over digital but the renaissance of the medium is somewhat blurry even if there seems to be a resurgence in this type of thing. Most real turntables are not cheap and are finicky to keep at their peak performance ans say nothing of keeping the vinyl clean....
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