|Blog Post #1|
They declared debts totaling 3.5 million dollars, much of it because of insurance payments, medical bills, but the primary reason being that each member of the group was taking home less than $35,000 a year after paying managers, producers, expenses, and taxes. (Info from Wikipedia)
In the graphic below NPR put together the costs involved to put together a mainstream album.
|graphical breakdown of expenses|
The below podcast details how Rihanna's album was put together and her the cost to the record label with her single 'Man Down' (pictured below) used as an example.
|Rihanna's single artwork|