The members of Grizzly Bear recently sat down, and talked about the realities of selling 200 THOUSAND records.
They go over their lifestyle, and how much (or little), they make from being an upper echelon indie band.
The Hypebot has a great article up on what is REALLY going on with the payment of royalty checks.
An example of topics covered:
2) It’s cheaper to violate copyright than pay songwriters.
The new emerging digital music services have no simple solution to get licenses from and make payments to copyright holders; it’s a pain, it’s complicated, and, for the moment, it’s cheaper to take on the potential legal liability than invest resources and time to comply with the law and pay the right people.
It’s a great read, and worth the 5 minutes of your time.