UK’s Labour Party throws weight behind user-centric payouts
The debate about streaming royalties and ‘user-centric’ payments – primer here if needed – has largely been confined to the music industry so far. Could politicians get involved? Jo Stevens of the UK’s...
June 24, 2020
PRS for Music payouts grew in 2019, but decline expected in 2020
UK collecting society PRS for Music paid out £686m ($837.2m) in music royalties in 2019, an increase of 13.7% from 2018’s figure. That was based on record royalty collections of £810.8m last year, up 8.7% year-on-year,...
May 14, 2020
Zoë Keating reveals her latest per-stream payouts data
Zoë Keating has become the go-to artist for raw data on streaming payouts to musicians: because she’s fully independent with a distribution deal that gives her 100% of her recorded-music royalties. Her streaming numbers...
January 13, 2020
Zoë Keating reveals her Spotify payouts for 2018
Canadian cellist and composer Zoe Keating has made a habit of publishing details of her income from digital-music services: for example in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Now she has shared some more data on her 2018 earnings, albeit...
December 18, 2018
YouTube’s per-stream music payouts have halved – report
Here’s some more ammunition for the ‘value gap’ debate: a report from Midia Research claiming that the effective per-stream payouts from YouTube to music rightsholders halved in 2015.
July 13, 2016
Google Play may now be doing double the App Store’s downloads
Mobile industry analyst Benedict Evans has been looking at the latest stats published by Google and Apple about their respective app stores: Google’s latest stat of $7bn of developer payouts and 50bn app downloads in the...
June 16, 2015
Zoe Keating publishes her Spotify payouts again
“It’s been a while & a journalist asked, so I put my latest Spotify royalty payments online: Jan 2013 to May 2015,” tweeted musician Zoe Keating last night, with a link to her latest Google Doc listing her streaming...
May 22, 2015
Pandora set for court battle with BMI over payouts
With songwriter royalties such a talking point at the Grammys, what better time for a high-profile court battle over Pandora’s payments to licensing agency BMI? Pandora might not agree, of course. The trial starts tomorrow (Tuesday...
February 9, 2015
Time’s Spotify calculator misses one big point
“See How Much Every Top Artist Makes on Spotify” reads the headline to Time’s latest article about the streaming service. Well, no. “One central mystery in the drama: just how much do artists make...
November 21, 2014
Patreon now paying out $1m a month to creators
Continuous crowdfunding service Patreon just hit a new milestone: $1m of payouts every month to the musicians, YouTubers and other creators raising money from their fans using its site. “It confirms a massive cultural shift...
November 21, 2014
YouTube says it has paid out $1bn through Content ID system
YouTube has announced a new milestone: $1bn paid out to copyright holders via its Content ID feature, which helps them identify user-generated videos using their content and make money from ads around them. YouTube says that...
October 15, 2014