There are many ways in which the internet has changed the shape of the music industry. Small bands and artists are able to self promote through social media and websites. It is also possible for anybody to download the appropriate software to create a music studio on a suitable pc. The list goes on and is almost limitless. Another facet of this is that music enthusiasts like myself can easily set up a website or a social media page and publish articles or blogs online in order to help promote or undermine anything that they so wish to. I am sure that you are fully aware of all of this, the point which I am leading to is crowd funding. This allows fans to pre order albums before their production in order to help cover the costs involved enabling many artists to record, produce and release material which would not have been financially feasible without any crowd funding.
A shining example of this is the double album Flowers and Dirt which was released by Irish Blues Rock Psychedelic Shredmeister/ Glam Punk Sleaze Rock Frontman Bernie Tormé in September 2014.