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Ben Taylor
While his parents' careers were promoted by major record labels, Ben Taylor decided to take his career into his own hands. This summer The Legend of Kung Folk - Part 1 (The Killing Bite) will be the third full album from his label, Iris Records.

"My dad always says, 'The music business is not the same as it was when I got into it,' " Taylor remarks. "My father may have been the first person who ever put it in my head that CDs were promotional devices to get people to his concerts. They're not a consistent, dependable revenue stream. That got me thinking, 'If that's the case for you, what's it going to be like for me?' "

Thanks to the digital revolution, Taylor pockets as much as $11 from his $15 CDs, while most major-label acts are lucky if they earn $1 or $2. "The question should never be, 'How many CDs can you sell?'" says Taylor. "It's, 'How much can we as artists make on every song?'"

Listen to:
"Wicked Way" (from The Legend of Kung Folk - Part 1 )

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