Headlines: Streaming Payments, Usage, and Updates

The week that was in music royalties
February 1, 2021

French study offers new data on impact of user-centric payouts (Music Ally)

Switching to a user-centric system would reduce the royalties paid out to rightsholders of the top 10 artists by 17.2%. The result would be small percentage gains further down the pyramid

TOPS OF 2020: NIELSEN STREAMING UNWRAPPED (Nielsen)

While the massive spikes in media usage that sparked streaming enablement into near ubiquity weren’t unexpected given countrywide lockdowns, the aftermath reflects a permanently altered media landscape.

The Three Biggest Myths Deluding the Modern Music Business (Rolling Stone)

Streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube contributed 85% of all record industry revenue in the United States in the first six months of last year, up from 80% in the same period of 2019, and they’re on track to be an even bigger presence in the future.
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