Sorry Chris, that's NOT how the biz works. Artists get what's called an "Advance" which may be $20'000 or $2'000'000 depending on how established they are. That advance would be like your employer paying you for December, January and February right now. It's an advance, not a hand out. They don't earn royalties until that advance is paid off. It's more of a loan than anything.
Plus, the millionaire crybabies make up about 0.005% of the business. A lot of people are affected by the success or lack of success of an album, from the top execs to the janitor at the studio. If the company is doing badly... sh*t flows downhill...