This is an interesting article by the producer of Nirvana's "In Urtero". Skip to the bottom for a rundown of costs and who benefits from the artists' talent. Expletives abound so be warned if you ain't into swearing.http://www.negativland.com/albini.html
I am a big believer that musicians should get more of the money for what they produce than the labels. A friend of mine wrote a sweet essay that sums up a whole bunch of stuff that was dilly dallying around in my head. Check it out http://urbantramper.blogspot.com/2009/06/goal-is-not-only-better-living.html , and also check his tunes out http://www.thesixtyone.com/urbantramper
, especially the southern hemisphere song, it's my new favourite, and doing quite well in little old New Zealand.