Musician Aloe Blacc is the latest to speak out about streaming royalties, in an op-ed piece for Wired that trains its sights squarely on Pandora. “The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services – enabled by outdated federal regulations – are yet another indication our work is being devalued in today’s marketplace,” he writes, before segueing into some stats. Blacc co-wrote Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ single, which has been streamed more than 168m times on Pandora in the US. “And yet, that yielded only $12,359 in Pandora domestic royalties – which were then split among three songwriters and our publishers. In return for co-writing a major hit song, I’ve earned less than $4,000 domestically from the largest digital music service,” he writes. “If that’s what’s now considered a streaming “success story,” is it any wonder that so many songwriters are now struggling to make ends meet?”

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