By Mike Gendel. As 2014 comes to a close, musicians can find little to be optimistic about. The decline in sales continues and it appears that the only album that will have platinum sales this year will be Taylor Swift’s 1989. By this time last year, we had only five platinum releases and according to some, none of them would have been in the top 10 sellers just a decade earlier. The many problems facing independent musicians are growing. The ability to break from the old record label system was seen as liberating. Many music observers saw the rise of...

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