That is interesting indeed. A
phenomenon all David Gray fans are familiar with. Record labels are
terrible in most cases. I think the secret to keep going after the one big
record is a solid committed fan base who will come and see the gigs.
David still sells out places like the Hammersmith Apollo/London and the
Beacon/NYC without any advertising. With all the streaming, downloading,
sharing theses days record sales have dropped for everyone so gigs and
merchandize are what artists live off today.
In addition I have a strong feeling that many radio listeners just aren't willling to go as deep as David does with his songs. On the radio it's mostly easy listening rubbish with only a few adward winning shows which clearly are the exceptions. It's the same with literature. The high quality publications are hardly on the best seller lists but they do have a solid base of readers just as David's outstanding music has a commited base of followers.