I’ll Say It Again, Artists: Your Royalty Fight is NOT with Spotify or other Streaming Services. It’s with Your Record Label.

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This graph is based on an audit done in France.

The rates which streaming music services are negotiated by labels. Note where the revenue flows.

  • Labels: 45.6%
  • The platform (i.e. the streaming music company): 20%
  • Taxes:  16.7%
  • Songwriters and music publishers: 10%
  • The artist: 6.8%

If you take out the 20% owed to the platform and the 16.7% that goes to taxes, the record label takes 73.1% of the revenue.

Wow. What’s wrong with this picture? Pando Daily takes a great look at the situation here.

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