An album reaches gold status when it has sold 500,000 copies. To many artist a gold selling record would be considered a success in the music industry. You would think that the major artist on a major record label would have made tons of money from a gold selling record but it's quite the contrary. After the record label takes its cuts for promotion and production of the album the artist is usually left with less than 2% of the revenue generated from album sales (estimate of 40k). But how many records does an independent artist have to sell to make the same amount of revenue as major artist? Check out this video from the professionals at Disc Makers discussing the comparison of major artist on major record labels vs independent artist.