You can’t turn back time, but there’s a reason why older artists are richer, why merch tables don’t support tours anymore, and why the music industry used to employ a lot more people. Because anyone that tells you the industry is ‘recovering’ actually means that it’s ‘bottoming’ (and there’s a huge difference).
Unfair comparison? Well, here’s the comparison for the last 10 years, which shows there’s still no comparison.
Sales data from the RIAA. Written while listening to Yeah Yeah Yeahs.