How the Foo Fighters earned more money than Drake this year:

       There is no doubt about it. Foo Fighters is one of the best, and one of the most successful bands in rock. When you have had over 619 weeks on the charts, and 44 of those in the top ten, it really means something. Oh. And something else: The Foo Fighters were ranked #53 this year on "The Worlds Highest-Paid Celebrities" list. You know who else got #53? Drake. Yes. The most streamed artist in the world. With 925 weeks on the U.S charts, he seems to have a new song on the charts every week. He has had over 6 billion streams within the past year, which is a little over 10 times how many the Foo Fighters have had, according to forbes.com.

       But how did they manage to make as much as Drake? Drake only played 10 shows from June 2017 through June 2018. Thats how. Drake only made money on the albums that were purchased, and endorsements. The Foo Fighters played over 120 shows on their tour. They also made around a million dollars on every tour date. That means they were paid over $120,000,000 on just their tour, not including purchases of the album, or endorsements.

 

 

 

 

Does anyone make albums anymore???  

Silly question, right? So far. But really; when is the last time that you bought a whole album? An EP? A track? I know that I personally haven't bought a single track since I moved to streaming.
It's all there! Millions of tracks at my fingertips for under $20. The only time that I buy a CD, album, or even cassette (yup, for some strange reason, they're back.) is at a concert merchandise table. I never even open them. I pay my admission price to Spotify every month, and in turn, they let me listen to whatever I want, whenever I want. 

Back in the day, we would anxiously await the release of a new album, and plan to be at the record store on the release date. We would buy the album, race home, and listen to it from front to back. Then we would listen to it again. And again. We pondered lyrics. We wondered how each song was connected. We wanted to know how each song made its way from scratch paper to the final version. We wanted to tell the artist that we really loved the first tracks, but what were they thinking with track #6? We felt connected to them. 

Fast forward a few decades, and here we are. The average artist traction in todays music industry is 1.1 tracks. Somehow we went from a 10 track album down to 1.1 tracks. We judge an artist on the 1 song that the record label pushes in front of us and tells us to like. It's not a coincidence that we found a hit song amongst all of the artists out there. We found a song because of promotion. The promotional budget for some pop songs exceeds $800,000. For one song. That's just promotion. Some tracks all in are well over a million bucks to make. 

I'm not saying that songs with heavy promotion aren't good. Some are great. Exceptional, in fact. I'm just wondering when the last time you listened to an album from front to back? If it's been a while, I've got a treat for you! Check out an artist by the name of Houston Keen. 

Houston came into the studio last month and cut some demo tracks. 10 songs, all original stuff. Our intentions were to capture some of his songs to arrange later on down the road. As I started working on the post production, I noticed how well the tracks blended together. There was a consistency throughout the songs, yet each one stood on its own and told its own story. It took me back to the good old days. As his stories unfolded, his authenticity was immediately apparent.  I'm telling you, this guy is a songwriting genius! If you are looking for a new artist to listen to, this is the guy. 

Disclaimer -- He has no idea that I'm writing this, so I promise that's it's not a rehearsed strategy to get you to listen to an album. In fact, it's really not even an album. These are demos. It wasn't supposed to be an album project. It was just a casual session. They weren't done in a million dollar studio by a famous producer. They were all recorded and produced here in Trenton Florida. Take a listen, and if you feel that he has what it takes, please consider sharing his music with a friend. I know that Houston is gonna have a fantastic career doing what he loves to do.   

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Have a Merry Christmas everyone!! 

Joey Wheaton

 
    

 

   

 

Blog 

   Ok everyone! Y'all are about to witness history here. This is officially my first blog! I've never really been a blog reader myself, so I never aspired to become this sensational blog writer that is on par with the best blog writers in the world. No - I'm afraid that this is more of an "I've got something to say that may help someone out in some way" type of thing. So, please pardon me in advance if I don't follow typical "blog" protocol (I'm not really sure if that's a thing) when I write. Of course, I'll try my best to keep the punctuation and spelling mistakes to a minimum; though I'm certain that some will slip through the cracks. I'll also try to be mindful about the length of the posts. (Assuming that there are posts that happen after this!) We are all busy, and don't have time for a novel! 

   Now that the introduction is out of the way, I'd like to take a moment to talk about the passion that musicians share. I've been around musicians my whole life. I remember as a little kid I'd watch my uncles jamming out in the living room at my grandma's house. I've played in restaurants, clubs, and festivals. I've sat and talked with artists that have enjoyed Billboard Chart success, and I've hung out with singer-songwriters that had just a handful of people show up for their show. No matter what the ups and downs are in a particular season, they all share the passion of being a musician.  

  I've heard the joke about the musician loading $5,000 worth of gear into a $500 car to go play a $100 gig, but all laughs aside haven't we all experienced that type of passion at some point in our musical career? We just wanted to play! The common sense goes out the window when the passion kicks in. We are expected to be responsible and think in terms of common sense, proper planning and positive outcomes, but the creative side of us just wants to be free and create! Tough spot, huh? Been there, done that? Me too!

  I urge you to keep making the responsible choices that you are currently making, but to also never forget to embrace the creative, passionate side that will cause you to get closer to your art. Whether that means singing in the shower or performing at Carnegie Hall, never lose sight of your passion. Take a moment, write down a few goals, dream for a moment, then get back to reality and start looking for ideas to make the goals happen. Write those ideas down. And put the list somewhere that you will see it often. Don't let a day go by without looking at it. Sometimes the first step really isn't that hard!  

Okay, first one done! Please be gentle in the comments!