April 24, 2010
Mercy Me! A Million Downloads!
'I Can Only Imagine' goes platinum . . . and other tidbits from the music world
> So, a million downloads makes for a wealthy band, right? Wrong. One 99-cent download from iTunes nets just 9 cents for the artist. So, for MercyMe, a million downloads adds up to $90,000, split by six people in the band equals $15,000 apiece, spread out over about a decade of downloads, equals, oh, about $1500 a year. Downloads simply aren't a great source of revenue for artists, as this chart clearly shows. The best way to make money online is to sell self-pressed CDs or discs through CD Baby, netting $7.50 or more per album sale.Dove Awards were handed out recently, Canadian artist Matt Brouwer picked up a Juno Award (Canada's version of the Grammys) for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for Where’s Our Revolution.
> Legendary singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn, he of 30 albums and multiple awards, is going to let fans a little deeper inside his head -- he's writing a memoir. to be published by Harper Collins Canada in 2012. Cockburn said the idea of writing a memoir had “popped up now and then,” and that it had “always seemed too soon,” but that the project finally seems timely.a recent article for Guideposts magazine, Denise Jonas -- mother of the Jonas Brothers band -- discusses their faith, her prayer life, son Nick's diabetes, and more. Mrs. Jonas writes, "My mom was a prayer warrior when I was growing up and taught me to trust God. Still, letting go can be scary. . . . When the fears get the worst of me, I pray—fiercely and fervently. I love my kids, but God loves them just as much if not more. I remember how my mom prayed for me, and I pray for them. That they’re safe in God’s hands. That they’ll be well. That they’ll make good choices. That they’ll know, no matter what, they have a mom who believes in them and knows when to let go and let God."