The latest artist speaking their mind on streaming income for musicians is Larry Mullen Jr of U2. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service, and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more,” he said during an interview on Irish radio station RTE 2FM.
He went on to describe the current industry infrastructure as “Broken: A lot of younger artists don’t get paid. I think that’s a real problem… I think it’s a matter of time. I think a lot of these companies and the individuals that are involved in them realise that as well. They know that artists are not getting what they should be getting.”
And Mullen drew particular attention to the lot of songwriters in the streaming era: “The most important thing is that people who are going out there, songwriters, that they are able to earn a living from writing songs and releasing songs. The fact that they can’t, that just seems crazy to me.”