This Week’s SA Top 10 Selling Musicians 2020 – The buzziest word in music this year is the one that used to be the most utterly boring.
Copyright ownership of songs and albums as creative works is a riotous knot of rules and processes in the music industry, with the players much more numerous and entangled than the ordinary fan might think.
Let’s break that down by the most popular ways listeners actually contribute money to music’s creators:
When someone buys a song from iTunes, Google Play or any other digital store, money from that sale is paid out to creators via both copyrights composition and sound recording with the rates depending on label size, distributor size and specific negotiations between the two as well as any other middle parties involved. (Sometimes labels work with agents that can license bigger catalogs all at once, saving time and trouble but wedging in an extra fee.)
These artists have been selected as the top 10 that are selling the best this week compared to other artists, And this is a big deal.
Check out our top-selling musicians: