Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Slipknot's Jim Root: "We don't see a penny off of record sales and we never have"

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root talked with The Morning Call about about the success of the band's latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter" which sold approximately 132,000 copies in its first week of release.

"You don't even know are we going to have a career," Root told The Morning Call about the current state of the music industry. "Are we going to be able to sell records? Are we going to have a label? I mean, labels are shutting down all the time. It takes like pop and rap to keep these labels going because those are the only people that are buying records anymore. To have a No. 1 with 130,000 copies sold is, you know, I remember when we first started selling records, in order to have a No. 1, you'd have to sell at least a half a million if not more, for the rock side of things," he said. "And now it's a fraction of that. So it kind of really shows you the state of where everything's at. I don't put too much into that anyway because we don't see a penny off of record sales and we never have. For us it's all about touring."