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Streaming payments
just read this article with Gary Numan.
he claims one song of his was streamed a million times and he only earned 37 Pounds Sterling from it!
how can artists especially the new ones earn a living with this format??.

the full article:  'There's absolutely nothing in it': Gary Numan only got £37 for 1 million streams of his song (
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

No wonder there’s so much stuff out there that can’t even be called music. The majority of people wouldn't even dream of buying an album anymore – hell, hardly anyone listens to a whole song without switching over to something else, never mind an entire album. It’s a different beastie these days – tours and merchandise are undoubtedly what makes the money.

I do stream music on YouTube and Spotify etc., but I also buy a physical copy if it’s something I like, as do we all (MH excepted whose dues are well and truly paid if that shed is anything to go by!).

There are some artists who block streaming of any description and that’s perfectly fine – I understand why but it’s tricky one because we are seemingly reluctant to commit to a purchase now unless we have a pretty good idea of what’s in store. Funny that, because way back in the dark ages we bought music without having heard it first and there was not a lot to beat the deliciousness of unwrapping a record and listening to it for the very first time!

It’s almost as if there are completely different musical worlds – the very commercial blah blah forgettable churned out rubbish that feeds I don’t even know who (but obviously there’s a market for it because the bling is unbelievable – then again – lives are also fairly short!!), and the real musos who actually play instruments and sing and go on tour, or who used to – they’re having to reinvent themselves now. I dunno …. buskers are probably doing better collecting cash on the streets. Sorry state of affairs. Just ordered Steve Hackett's new album - decided I had better walk my talk! Big Grin
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
nice reply Ruby.

on other Streaming news:
Drake has become the first artist to be streamed 50 billion times, but to be honest, i cannot name one single song of his!

just found a new article on the OfficialCharts site (British chart webpage)
Dolly Parton's most streamed song in the UK is "9 to 5" which has been streamed 83.5 million times
if she gets paid the same rate per stream as Gary Numan from his article than she has made a mere 3,078.40 pounds sterling from that amount of streaming!, what a joke!

i also found an article whereby in the US radio stations pay 12c to the artist/publisher per song played on the radio, that goes down to 6c per play on college radio stations.
if we take 12c by 83.5 million streams (listens/plays) Dolly would have earned around 10 million USD so i can see where these artists are pissed off at the streaming companies!
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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