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Lyle Lovett Never Made a Dime on Record Sales

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Via GloriousNoise, comes this remarkable fact – “Lyle Lovett has sold 4.6 million albums in the United States since 1991, but

“I’ve never made a dime from a record sale in the history of my record deal. I’ve been very happy with my sales, and certainly my audience has been very supportive. I make a living going out and playing shows.”

“Records are very powerful promotional tools to go out and be able to play on the road, but you do have to think about it as a way of sustaining itself at some point. I’m very excited about being able to do some of that on my own, maybe.”

Sounds like Lyle will be weighing his options when his deal runs out. I’ve heard a number of relatively successful musicians say similar things, but for someone with Lyle’s stature to say that after 20 years of making music – there’s something seriously broken in the music industry.

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  1. [...] Lyle Lovett Never Made a Dime on Record Sales – "Lyle Lovett has sold 4.6 million albums in the United States since 1991, but “I’ve never made a dime from a record sale in the history of my record deal. I’ve been very happy with my sales, and certainly my audience has been very supportive. I make a living going out and playing shows.” “Records are very powerful promotional tools to go out and be able to play on the road, but you do have to think about it as a way of sustaining itself at some point. I’m very excited about being able to do some of that on my own, maybe.” Crazy. Lyle Lovett is high profile enough, where does all the cash go? Wheat grass smoothies? [...]

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