For artists that wish to break free of the Controllers that supply their music to the masses.. I belive creating new music "songs" and using Copyleft Licensing to promote these songs will infact help the artists break free and become their own middleman in the long run.
Artists for our Listening pleasure, Please take up
Copyleft Licensing and thinks of P2P as a new method to promote your music to the masses! Only then will you gain more by cutting costs for which the Big 5 have been making off you all.
Thats my 2 cents of an opinion.. Hope it gets heard.