by Mr. LeN
I know knowledge is power and half the battle, but in the case of art, knowing too much can be detrimental. How much do we miss out on because the numbers were bad? Information about artists' deals and sales are irrelevant to the consumer. Why is it important to know these things? Too many times I hear people say "the record only sold [insert low number] so it can't be good." Why should sales affect whether or not you'll buy an album or see a movie? How much a movie cost to make doesn't make it a good movie. Poor album sales are not always due to bad material. Hate to be the angry artist (not really) but a lot of times the label just didn't promote it well. Quality of work isn't always matched by the attention it receives or the income that is generated. Give it a shot.
Folks, its ok to be a fan. Admit you like something that most people don't or hate something most people love. I'll go first, the movie Scarface is not that good. See? Yeah I may have lost some gangster credibility but my soul is satisfied. Now when I get anything Scarface related it'll be a gag gift. Fans that appreciate work are the best thing to ever happen to an artist. Think about it. Star Wars fans don't like the films because it cost a ton of money to produce or made even more. It's the story, and the lasers! Did Grateful Dead fans buy anything Grateful Dead related because of good album sales? Of course not, it was the music...and pot brownies!