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Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Korn, Ozzy, Dixie Chicks To Do Show To Protest "Unfair" Music Business Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 December 2001
Death-rocker, Rob Zombie has announced that he will team up with Korn and Ozzy for a pre-Grammys metal show at the Los Angeles Sports Area called "The Concert for Artists Rights" says Rollingstone.com.

The issue is artists claiming that the music industry takes part in unfair and deceptive practices pertaining to long term recording contracts. Zombie isn’t the only rocker down for the cause. An entirely different show on the same night is booked at the nearby Los Angeles Forum with Sheryl Crow and Don Henley playing with the Eagles as well as Elton John, Billy Joel. Punkers, The Offspring, No Doubt and Weezer will also be playing a show in Long Beach. A country show is also planned with Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood and others in a not yet disclosed venue.

If you are not impressed with the line up of artists protesting, then perhaps you haven’t been the record store recently. These concerts are a big statement by A-List talent on the state of the music business right on the heels of the first financially unsuccessful year for the industry in 10 years.

Some of what the musicians are upset about is the "seven year statute" which is an exemption that allows the labels to get around the legal maximum limit of a seven year contract with their talent.

While each record deal is different, most deals are based on seven records, yet even the most prolific artist would be hard pressed to release seven studio (or even studio and live) albums in seven years. In many cases the royalties and other revenue streams are predetermined before the artist(s) becomes successful.

In most standard contracts, artists can be left in tremendous debt based on advances and recording costs for their first records. Often, even after going gold (AKA selling 500,000 records in the US) which a very profitable situation for the record companies, artists are often deep in debt for more than $100,000. Attorneys for the labels argue, this is exactly when the artist renegotiates their contract (for another 7 records). The artists say it isn’t that easy. Just ask Prince or The Dixie Chicks.

Sources: Rollingstone.com, Dick McIlvery USC School of Music

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