Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Oct 29th 2009 2:45PM by Mike Ayers
As far as rock 'n' rollers go, it's been difficult to top Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, whose estate managed to rake in $50 million dollars in 2006 alone. Alongside licensing deals that have kept Nirvana's music in the limelight, another solid way to build revenue is by reissuing some of the back catalog or releasing out a rare live recording. Both of those will happen next month for Nirvana, as Sub Pop will reissue the band's first album, 'Bleach,' as a 20th anniversary expanded edition and their performance from the 1992 Reading Festival, which has made the rounds in bootleg circles for years, will finally get a proper release on CD and DVD.
Of course, video games are another solid way to stretch the output in today's fickle market. As everyone knows, the Beatles' recent foray into the 'Rock Band' world was met with a frenzy, but possibly not as much as the recent reissue of the group's entire catalog. Audiophiles love when this happens, but as the success of the Beatles remasters indicates, so do everyday folks, as well.
Sometimes an artist's career doesn't even start until they're dead. Recall Eva Cassidy, who was relatively unknown while alive but received strong airplay after her death and wound up a near platinum-selling artist posthumously. Other artists like Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash and Notorious B.I.G. are enjoying a fruitful afterlife, thanks to hit biopics.
We can't even imagine what would happen if any of the merchandising magnates in Kiss died. But at least they're prepared -- they've already been selling the Kiss Kasket for years.