A hit writer has revealed a worrying storyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/34344619/all-about-that-bass-writer-says-he-got-5679-from-178m-streams
Kevin Kadish, who wrote All About That Bass, says he made just $5,679 (£3,700) from 178 million streams of the song.
"I've never heard a songwriter complain about radio royalties as much as streaming royalties," Mr Kadish said.
"That was the real issue for us, like one million streams equals $90 (£59)."
Mr Kadish co-wrote All About That Bass with singer Meghan Trainor. After offering the song to other artists and being turned down, Trainor went on to record the track herself.
It became one of the biggest-selling digital singles of all time and launched her singing career.
She also became the first act to enter the UK top 40 based purely on streams; and the song then spent four weeks on top of the chart.
You have to ask who is profiting from the 178 million streams if its not the creators of the work, could it be the usual greedy folks at the recording company who take the bulk of the royalties for themselves ? We all know the singer of a success gets a mere 4.7 cents on the dollar so the writer no doubt gets even less but everyone should get something better with 178 million streams unless they are free streams such as spotify etc.
Perhaps we can put this problem down to bad management of the artist as the cost of the recording to the end customer has not gone down in price at all as we all know , however allowing free plays is simply not going to make the artist any revenues when the recording industry are determined to take so much for themselves despite their side of the revenue distribution bargain undergoing an all time reduction in effort, social media now ensures folks hear all that's new in record time, perhaps Cary should speak to his members and ask them to take less than they are doing, the artist / creators will be most thankful and the customers might even gain from a happier artist who delivers more output.