How much do music artists earn?

Would you believe for an artist to earn minimum wage, he or she must have:

  • Over 12,000 CD downloads via iTunes or Napster, or
  • 1161 CDs sold via retail, or
  • 155 CDs sold via CD Baby, or
  • 143 self-pressed CDs sold via their own ‘outlets.’

This according to, who has the data and a corroborating graphic to illustrate the situation.

HT:  Dave @

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