Melissa Marco Gorga wants to be a recording artist. And she will do anything to get there.
Gorga has released four songs on iTunes to date. What has she made and how many has she sold?
The introduction of digital music sites like iTunes have changed the face of the music industry and the manner in which royalties and income streams are realized. Songwriters are no longer limited to collecting royalties on physical analog recordings. With the advent of digital music, people outside the traditional recording studio can upload and sell their music from the comfort of their living rooms.
Digital Downloads and amounts owed are regulated by law. Each time a song is downloaded, a royalty of $.09 is paid to the songwriter by the download music service (iTunes). There are also regulated rates for public performances, interactive streaming and ringtones.
Gorga’s songs were produced by her husband’s company, AGJ Entertainment, LLC.
On Display was released on August 13, 2011. Melissa is listed as co-writer. As of July 1, 2012, it has been downloaded 21,418 times. It is selling for $.99
How Many Times was released on April 29, 2012. As of July 1, 2012, it has been downloaded 16,310 times. It is selling for $1.29
Rockstar was released on June 10, 2012. As of July 1, 2012, it has been downloaded 1,496 times. It is selling for $1.29
I Just Wanna was released on September 9, 2012. No statistics are available as of yet on number of downloads. It is selling for $1.29
The standard contract that iTunes utilizes for independent production companies, depending on whether it is a bulk rate, is 30% of the download rate for the first 100,000 downloads and one time application fee which brings rate to 40%.
Therefore, as of July 1, 2012, Melissa has 33,224 downloads. Total amount to Melissa (before the Bravo cut) is approximately $16,000.00. (The amount that Teresa Giudice makes for two appearances). Was the money worth the destruction of the Gorga family. Melissa Marco thinks so.