I would to know what "new younger" groups you are talking about? I would bet they have sold several million CD's if they are playing arena's.
I'll post the links to a few articles for you tomorrow (I gotta go bye bye right now) it is a growing trend to let your music be discovered by social networking sites like Myspace and putting your music out on P2P file sharing like lime wire. bear share, etc... Work out deals with sites like rhapsady that let you download unlimited music for one monthly price... Get your self out their and hope to be discovered by the fans not by a label... Then make money on your show, merchandise and a the CD you made... There have also been some big artists who cut ties with their labels and focus on other ways to make money besides cd sales...
Oh you mean sites like
Then there are the Limewire's and Bit Torrent
Gee I'm not familiar with any of these (insert sarcasm)
Look I believe you should support (buy) music whether it's a band on a label or doing it on their own.
Discussion is over being that I've let this thread get high jacked and helped by continuing to respond.