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The Metrics Of The Beast

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How Iron Maiden turned piracy into paying customers


Iron Maiden has done a great job of going where its fans were, even if those fans were pirates. The band has focused extensively on South American tours in recent years, one of which was filmed for the documentary “Flight 666.” After all, fans can’t download a concert or t-shirts. The result was massive sellouts. The São Paolo show alone grossed £1.58 million (US$2.58 million) alone.

And in a positive cycle, Maiden’s online fanbase grew. According to Musicmetric, in the 12 months ending May 31, 2012, the band attracted more than 3.1 million social media fans. After its Maiden England world tour, which ran from June 2012 to October 2013, Maiden’s fan base grew by five million online fans, with a significant increase in popularity in South America.

While the band did not use Musicmetric’s analysis directly, Mead notes, “Maiden have been rather successful in turning free file-sharing into fee-paying fans.” Other bands could take a lesson from the heavy metal band’s success.

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Posted on January 19, 2014 by Editor

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