Metallica are not making money
2012-05-25 by Ayashi | 142 Comments

Metal-legends Metallica recently opened up to Rolling Stone about not being able to live off of royalties anymore. Kirk Hammet claims most of their income now comes from touring:

“The cycles of taking two years off don’t exist anymore. We were able to do that because we had record royalties coming in consistently. Now you put out an album, and you have a windfall maybe once or twice but not the way it used to be — a check every three months.”

The music industry is really in a crisis, isn't it?

Source: http://www.metalinsider.net/and-royalties-for-all/even-metallica-cant-make-a-profit-from-royalties-anymore

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sixdegrees
May 26th 2012

16777 Comments


this has been a growing trend for a while. Albums just aren't a profitable method of distribution for bands anymore.

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Kris.
May 26th 2012

12150 Comments


suck it lars

Fluttertrank
May 26th 2012

17098 Comments


"Metallica are not making money"

good.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

16134 Comments


If they seriously need any more money, then they're worse with investments than they are at writing music these days.

Recspecs
May 26th 2012

9820 Comments


On a scale of 1 to 10, I wasn't quite sure this band was still relevant.

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RosaParks
May 26th 2012

14592 Comments


LOL

FearThyEvil
May 26th 2012

12241 Comments


LOL (2)

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

18012 Comments


good get a job god damn hippies

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RosaParks
May 26th 2012

14592 Comments


occupy napsters!

CrackeTheSkull
May 26th 2012

718 Comments


This is what happens when you allow Bullet For My Valentine to take your place in the big 4 of Thrash Metal.

Parallels
May 26th 2012

6640 Comments


Bands haven't been getting royalties for decades. My dad works with the drummer from the Kingsmen, Lynn Easton (known for the hit Louie Louie) and he has heard his songs being played everywhere for decades (including the famous scene from Animal House) without him being compensated.

Nevertheless, Metallica is probably still making bank off of those tours or they wouldn't get involved with music anymore.

Satellite
May 26th 2012

20678 Comments


awwwwwwww

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balcaen
May 26th 2012

3183 Comments


"Metallica are not making money"

well... duh

Kris.
May 26th 2012

12150 Comments


METALLICAKID96 WITH A SOUL-CRUSHING TRUTH

AND ITS ONLY HIS FIRST COMMENT

balcaen
May 26th 2012

3183 Comments


hoping 96 is a typo of 69 and not the year of this birth

ncguitar
May 26th 2012

2402 Comments


James Hetfield would do a good job packing Big Macs.

Kris.
May 26th 2012

12150 Comments


http://ginavivinetto.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/metallicapic21.jpg

someone shop a k-mart logo or something over the bag

Kris.
May 26th 2012

12150 Comments


coneren wants my penis

Kris.
May 26th 2012

12150 Comments


cuz his hurts too much

Sirob
May 26th 2012

2653 Comments


i love this news article because metallica sucks

PeterKlaven
May 26th 2012

280 Comments


Because, I don't make monkeys I just train em

Ire
May 26th 2012

41747 Comments


lol sweet

Storm In A Teacup
May 26th 2012

12687 Comments


They're idiots they've been around 30+ years hit the peak of their popularity awhile ago duh they're not going to be able to live off royalty checks if they're spending more than they're making.

Gene Simmons rules though guys amirite?

Captain North
May 26th 2012

6779 Comments


Wait what's wrong with the kid being born in 96? Makes him 16 which isn't that young.

Also, news isn't that surprising although kinda disconcerting that even a band as big as Metallica are like this...ish. They're used to living fairly lavishly, so what they earn is still probably similar to a high paying job. Imagine being able to take two years off work hahaha fuck off

HitlerIsADeity
May 26th 2012

199 Comments


stupid fucks.

HitlerIsADeity
May 26th 2012

199 Comments


@captain you sound offended. are you 16?

Captain North
May 26th 2012

6779 Comments


No I'm not offended, just perplexed.

Edit: nvm, obvious troll

North0House2
May 26th 2012

5812 Comments


I always find it odd how news articles are where butthurt new members crawl out of the cracks- never to return again.

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balcaen
May 26th 2012

3183 Comments


there's actually nothing wrong with being 16, i always thought advertising that in your username was a little strange though.

but yeah lol new members

Emim
May 26th 2012

26482 Comments


So in other words, they're going to have a reality show pretty soon.

North0House2
May 26th 2012

5812 Comments


"So in other words, they're going to have a reality show pretty soon."

Probably within a year.

MO
May 26th 2012

18231 Comments


what a funny news article, go figure this is what they garner nowadays

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Sirob
May 26th 2012

2653 Comments


id watch it.

KentAlways
May 26th 2012

24 Comments


This makes me feel awesome about just paying $144 to see them.

Sirob
May 26th 2012

2653 Comments


you should feel like a worthless piece of shit

mastille
May 26th 2012

532 Comments


good get a job god damn hippies [2]

Their time was 26 years ago anyway who gaf

Chevy182
May 26th 2012

116 Comments


Yeah, Lulu was going to earn them millions...

Scoot
May 26th 2012

17681 Comments


nice

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BradMan
May 26th 2012

387 Comments


Metallica deserve no money nowadays anyway.

zaruyache
May 26th 2012

5868 Comments


Lars might have to cut down on the gold-plated toilet paper if this keeps up. Gasp.

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KILL
May 26th 2012

70573 Comments


rip

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NonApplicable
May 26th 2012

1927 Comments


Awww... Poor Metallica. I guess Lars is just going to have sell his private jet full of expensive art.
He'll probably sue Mediafire for the 2(or less) illegal downloads of Lulu.

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MartyrMassacre7
May 26th 2012

20 Comments


Thats funny. What did they expect putting out insanely weak albums . What you sow is what you reap

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

5913 Comments


Lars Ulrich and Co. can take this news item and stuff it up their asses.

After all, it was the "bad" Napster that cut revenue from bands and not the insanely unjust copyright laws of record labels which entitled them copyright rights and loyalties for 98 years or more.

Dear Lars, watch now Electra Records (among other record labels) live off your music for the next 30 years (at least) due to copyright royalties.

Revenge is a dish which is best served cold.

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ViperAces
May 26th 2012

12376 Comments


It was obvious, they didnt make a worth-buying album since 1991.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

5913 Comments


This is not related to them not having a decent record since 1991, it is related to the copyright laws which are more and more in favor of record labels, as the years go by.

If old contracts gave royalties to bands for let's say 10 years, that temporal interval for new contracts may be 1-2 years tops.

TheNotrap
May 26th 2012

7981 Comments


^
Agreed, but the major problem is the illegal download.

I respect the artist copyright and buy all my music.
All dudes should do that.

WhiteNoise
May 26th 2012

3041 Comments


Are you trying to say people DIDN'T buy Lulu!?

...I don't believe it!

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Sciroccu
May 26th 2012

750 Comments


lol, maybe they will release an album every 2/3 years instead of 5 / 7 years....

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

5913 Comments


but the major problem is the illegal download

The conclusion of many scientific studies in the field is that this is not a black-or-white issue.

However, I agree with you about buying music and in that musicians should be further encouraged to distribute their music on their own and not with the "aid" of middlemen.

TheNotrap
May 26th 2012

7981 Comments


Well I didn't, but how many Lulu's were sold? 500.000,600.000?
These dudes have huge expenses (big houses, cars,etc..)

Back in the days a major rock band sold 3/4/5.000.0000 copies.
Even the 2nd league bands usually sold more than 500.000 copies.

Not easy to have a good life making music nowadays.


WhiteNoise
May 26th 2012

3041 Comments


I'll admit that I download like a trooper, but as a musician myself, most of the money I earn still goes into music whether it is attending live shows or buying a shit ton of CD's.

tombits
May 26th 2012

3469 Comments


ulrich might have to stop recording himself slapping his dick on his snare and actually play drums on the next album... it's a crying shame, what's happened to this world.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2012

21575 Comments


well what the fuck do you expect when you release 5 shitty albums in the space of 20 years

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BonRurgundy
May 26th 2012

348 Comments


Spell cheque right you fucking cave men.

Ikarus14
May 26th 2012

532 Comments


If they stop making shitty albums then they wouldn't be in this mess.

camaraderie
May 26th 2012

988 Comments


What a shame this is.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 26th 2012

3302 Comments


It's not a secret that the bands are not making big money via their record sales. Instead they are making huge profits via their tours. Thus the losses are oversubscribed.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 26th 2012

3302 Comments


The Death Magnetic tour yielded 54.000.000 to Metallica. More than enough to keep them ongoing.Their brand name will be their solution for many years yet to come.

Wizard
May 26th 2012

19210 Comments


Next up, Lars posts his email address so you can send money via paypal.

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BigPleb
May 26th 2012

34000 Comments


Haha, they deserve it, especially Lars.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

5913 Comments


Lars posts his email address so you can send money via paypal

nah Lars doesn't need paypal money, he recently started his career in movie acting.

Tyrael
May 26th 2012

20731 Comments


Maybe they should put out albums that are actually good before starting to complain about album sales

FictionalFlames
May 26th 2012

1516 Comments


"nah Lars doesn't need paypal money, he recently started his career in movie acting."

That will be the most inconvenient thing Lars could do.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

5913 Comments


He did it already Ty.

Timmons
May 26th 2012

561 Comments


wow they're one of the most famous and commercially successful bands of all time. i hightly doubt they're in too much crisis.

dawija1017
May 26th 2012

543 Comments


bands outdated

Butkuiss
May 26th 2012

4109 Comments


Maybe they'd be making money if they didn't, y'know, spend it all on their own studio and such lavish stage shows, and released an album more than once every four or five years.

AsoTamaki
May 26th 2012

2525 Comments


They actually are making money, but I'm sure they'll appreciate your advice.

livingisland
May 26th 2012

523 Comments


Cool, fuck these guys

PastorOfMupp3ts
May 26th 2012

70 Comments


Metallica *is not making money

olddirtydoggy
May 26th 2012

40 Comments


They still have no idea of how the common working man earns a respectable income. 54000000 dollars from the Death Magnetic tour is rather a lot of money. I'd be happy to trade places with them so they can see how the other half live.
Spoilt fucking brats.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012

15727 Comments


oh man they can't take 2 years off work to do fuck all and now can only take a couple months.

did anyone else think of the south park with lars ulrich?

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The7thVermicide
May 26th 2012

925 Comments


I actually thought in this video, when I saw this news, I'm a little bit surprised that the one that is talking is Kirk and not Lars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS6udST6lbE

arsonist88
May 26th 2012

229 Comments


At first I thought this said "Metallica are not making music." I'm disappointed with the actual title now.

Tijnmans
May 26th 2012

353 Comments


Free music for life!

giraffesareepic88
May 26th 2012

72 Comments


did anyone else think of the south park with lars ulrich?
(2)

WeepingBanana
May 26th 2012

10043 Comments


"http://ginavivinetto.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/metallicapic21.jpg

someone shop a k-mart logo or something over the bag"

http://cdn2.holytaco.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/hetfieldshopping1.jpg

paxman
May 26th 2012

4084 Comments


In other news, there are still starving children in Africa

TenSecondsToThink
May 26th 2012

1207 Comments


YES, the South Park episode.

Baphomet
May 26th 2012

7364 Comments


So in other words, they're going to have a reality show pretty soon.


I'd watch the fuck out of that. James would eat all of Lars' yogurts and then Lars would be like "fuck you man, you didn't pay for those you are so fucking sued"

I hope Megadeth isn't making money either so they can throw Mustain in.

alachlahol
May 26th 2012

7471 Comments


i guess i could spare a few bucks to send these guys they need it more than i do

alachlahol
May 26th 2012

7471 Comments


as long as my money helps them to continue putting out quality material im ok with it

Owantjaaaa
May 26th 2012

3204 Comments


"YES, the South Park episode."
First thing I thought when I saw "metallica aren't making money"

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Spec
May 26th 2012

27053 Comments


RIP

jackalope11
May 26th 2012

330 Comments


Reminds me of that one South Park episode

Where Lars Ulrich had no money

peartnoy
May 26th 2012

1153 Comments


Lol they're so lazy and unconscious of how lucky they are. Fuck them

Spec
May 26th 2012

27053 Comments


Yeah that was a good episode.

eternium
May 26th 2012

16304 Comments


The average American makes around $40,000 a year. They have sold millions upon millions of albums. They can suck the fucking dicks of every working class man.

SCREAM!
May 26th 2012

9964 Comments


Their last album was an atrocious piece of shit, are they really surprised no one is buying/playing it?

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KjSwantko
May 26th 2012

9052 Comments


how the Metallica boys aren't filthy rich, not even having to worry about money anymore is beyond me.

SCREAM!
May 26th 2012

9964 Comments


Honestly this reminds me of that episode of South Park about piracy. When they're going through a bunch of celebrities' houses and explaining why piracy is bad

hykudos
May 26th 2012

458 Comments


time to sign a reality show. next stop, rock bottom.

NegativeSanction
May 26th 2012

13 Comments


What the Metallica brand isn't selling with the youth anymore. lol. Sure is hell was not the music of the last two decades. What marketing scheme haven't they tried.

LepreCon
May 26th 2012

3591 Comments


Who gives a fuck jamming some RtL now

Convectuoso
May 26th 2012

13 Comments


"Bands haven't been getting royalties for decades. My dad works with the drummer from the Kingsmen, Lynn Easton (known for the hit Louie Louie) and he has heard his songs being played everywhere for decades (including the famous scene from Animal House) without him being compensated."

That's probably because he is the drummer and you don't get paid shit if you didn't write the song?

CMIIW

GhettoHmbrglr
May 26th 2012

571 Comments


lol

KjSwantko
May 26th 2012

9052 Comments


these fags probably make enough money from t shirt and poster sales and all that kind of stuff to live a solid lifestyle. ugh

Emim
May 26th 2012

26482 Comments


I'd watch the fuck out of that. James would eat all of Lars' yogurts and then Lars would be like "fuck you man, you didn't pay for those you are so fucking sued"

I hope Megadeth isn't making money either so they can throw Mustain in.


He would definitely be the wacky neighbor.


Emim
May 27th 2012

26482 Comments


oh man they can't take 2 years off work to do fuck all and now can only take a couple months.


thought the same thing. what poor souls having to work consistently for a living.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2012

18012 Comments


fuckin hippies

peaks40
May 27th 2012

2740 Comments


they'll always make money off touring, regardless

MoosechriS
May 27th 2012

4771 Comments


Yeah i guess all the money they make off of touring and merch must just have them scraping a living. Poor bastards and here i am with a job to go too and a fuck load of bills to pay, my heart bleeds for them it really does

BigPleb
May 27th 2012

34000 Comments


Lars is a class A cunt.

mifzal
May 28th 2012

799 Comments


Sounds like a falling empire! but seriously if you are carrying the title of the top selling metal band in the world (if not counting Led Zeppelin) you have to lead as an example to other bands, but Metallica in pass 20 yrs was nothing but a shame that metal world couldn't forget!

blacklight67
May 28th 2012

6 Comments


'Guys i don't wanna freak you out, but we might have to play gigs!'
'What?! No way we swore, never again'
Your in a band!!

Funeralopolis
May 28th 2012

11012 Comments


they keep paying me though

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CrackeTheSkull
May 28th 2012

718 Comments


"In other news, there are still starving children in Africa"

Link?

Azn.
May 28th 2012

5561 Comments


Please retire.

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SCREAM!
May 28th 2012

9964 Comments


Didn't you read the article? They clearly can't afford to retire!

Winsomniac
May 28th 2012

7955 Comments


Wow, sucks to be them. I don't know what I'd do if I had to fucking do actual work for a living to support my one-percent-as-fuck way of life.



Because seriously, a life without being paid obscene amounts of money for doing things I pretend to have any actual fucking passion about is just not worth living.



Fuck you Metallica, way to completely cement the level of scumbaggery that you embody into the world at large.

SonicDriveIn
May 29th 2012

42 Comments


You're not allowed to take 2 years off your job anymore?

I FEEL SO BAD FOR YOU.

Hospital
May 29th 2012

2024 Comments


Metallicry

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Jarxmas
May 29th 2012

7 Comments


Maybe if they would put out an album that was worth buying they could make money.

Quen
May 29th 2012

1633 Comments


i can barely even listen to these guys anymore

Ignimbrite
May 30th 2012

5294 Comments


ahahahahaha

CrackeTheSkull
May 31st 2012

718 Comments


Well the first 4 albums still outweigh everything that happened afterwards for me at least I can say that much.

ANJ45
June 21st 2012

199 Comments


shit band

Killerhit
June 21st 2012

5209 Comments


well, what else can you expect from making an endless row of crap albums

henryChinaski
June 21st 2012

2683 Comments


But they're all millionaires anyways

Killerhit
June 21st 2012

5209 Comments


Money means nothing, they haven't been good for 10+ years

glezz
June 21st 2012

235 Comments


Did they think teaming with wastoid Lou Reed was going to help put money in their pocket?
Maybe Kirk would make more money if he took some lessons from a good player.
Maybe if Lars had some chops, if their albums didn't reek, if they hadn't destroyed any remaining mystique with that fruity documentary of pussies...

KILL
June 21st 2012

70573 Comments


rip

glezz
June 21st 2012

235 Comments


"Is there anyone from the pre-Napster days that hates this band? I feel like these faggots haters are just mad because they wanted free music."

Excuse me, built this doesn't make any sense at all.
It's like hating Brad Pitt because you are screwing Angelina Jolie.

sixdegrees
June 25th 2012

16777 Comments


lol, you're a little late there.

UnnamedOcean
June 26th 2012

3950 Comments


"If they seriously need any more money, then they're worse with investments than they are at writing music these days."

Yeah, this.

discovolante
January 2nd 2013

653 Comments


Seriously, fuck Metallica. They've been bitching about not receiving their proper "investment" for years now, but those guys are THE most successful metal band around. They have enough money to last their greedy, sellout asses till their death-day, and then some. Fuck them.

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Azn.
January 2nd 2013

5561 Comments


lol

Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


Don't be fooled. When they say they are running low on money, they mean they can only have a few $50,000 sport cars. They can only do a kilo a coke a day now and they might have to sell one of their 20 mansions.

omnipanzer
January 2nd 2013

21418 Comments


"$50,000 sport cars"

Not much of a car guy are you?

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Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


I was making the point that they would have to downgrade to a cheaper car smart ass. Guess it went
over your head.

omnipanzer
January 2nd 2013

21418 Comments


*Metallica are making less money
Fixed

Alternate title suggestion:
Surprise surprise the music industry is changing
or
Metallica unable maintain lifestyle of choice due to inability to diversify



What the fuck are these assholes doing with their money? Don't they have investments and shit to subsidize and prepare for their eventual retirement? I want to know who their money man is because he clearly isn't doing his job.

Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


Money man = accountant

omnipanzer
January 2nd 2013

21418 Comments


"they mean they can only have a few $50,000 sport cars. "


"I was making the point that they would have to downgrade to a cheaper car smart ass. Guess it went
over your head."

What you posted didn't reflect that at all as I read it. It could have gone over my head or your words simply didn't reflect your intent which I believe to probably be the case. I read it to mean they needed to downgrade by purchasing fewer and then you left a 1 off the beginning of your intended price point but not fewer AND cheaper.

When you were in school did you ever have to do that exercise where you had to write out directions on how to do something. Then you had to give those directions to someone and have them follow it. The intention being that you are never as clear as you think you are and you need to pay more attention to the intent you put into your written word. It think it's like a 6th grade exercise but I think it might benefit you.

omnipanzer
January 2nd 2013

21418 Comments


"Money man = accountant "

It can but not necessarily. EDIT: e.g. Wealth manager etc.

Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


You changed your comment from "No it doesnt" to "It can but not necessarily" LOL

You must have googled "accountant"

Anyway, hope you enjoyed typing that long comment because I didnt bother to read it as I'm sure it was
caked with sarcasm. You shouldnt be so concerned with how I worded something in a comment.
There are better ways to spend your time (like hitting a bong). If it were a review, I could
understand being critiqued, but it's just a silly comment on a Metallica thread. Get over it.

omnipanzer
January 2nd 2013

21418 Comments


Yes you did, you read it all you sexy little bitch you.

Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


Yeah I did read it. I read it more than once. That's how I knew it was caked with sarcasm.

ffs
January 2nd 2013

4819 Comments


you guys are a bunch of shitty journalism enabling faggot retards if you think metallica are legitimately complaining here. seriously what a fucking dogshit article

also this thread is old as hell fyi

Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


Damn if it isnt...I just realized this is post dated in May. I blame "discovolante" for bumping this
and for making Omni and myself argue over trivial stuff.

omnipanzer
January 2nd 2013

21418 Comments


Agreed, fuck you discovolante fuck you strait to bumping old posts hell.

Minus.
January 2nd 2013

2680 Comments


That punishment isnt severe enough. I hereby condemn discovolante to be a groupie for an Asking
Alexandria cover band.



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