Headlines: Streaming Controversies

The week that was in music royalties
April 19, 2021

Why It’s Misleading to Say ‘Apple Music Pays Twice as Much Per Stream as Spotify’ (Variety)

If one artist were racking up a high percentage of streams on a less-popular streaming service, their per-stream rate would be quite high — but they’d actually have fewer streams than they would on a site with more users.

The Apple Letter (Lefsetz Letter)

You’re better off getting a lower rate for more listens on Spotify. Because more listens means you have more dedicated fans, and they are what support your career, not those who come for the hit and then disappear.

Today’s pop industry cheats songwriters (The Guardian)

It’s the song, not the album, that rules modern pop – but payment for writers is dysfunctional at best. We urgently need a new model
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