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Another sign that streaming music royalty payments stink


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It almost doesn’t pay to be a musician these days.

We’ll take that back and rephrase:  it LITERALLY doesn’t pay to be a musician these days.  And yes, we are using the word “literally” correctly in that sentence..

With more and more businesses deciding to hop onto the STREAMING MUSIC bandwagon, one would think that the greater exposure would result in greater earnings for the musicians and songwriters who are getting their music spread far and wide.

Music Publishing: The Roadmap to Royalties
Music Publishing: The Roadmap to Royalties

Continue reading ANOTHER SIGN THAT STREAMING MUSIC ROYALTY PAYMENTS STINK

Who are the Most Sampled Recording Artists of All Time?


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It’s been said that there will reach a point in time where every single piece of recorded music has been written.  There are only so many combinations of notes on a musical scale that can be made.

So that’s where the ability to make variations on a theme come into play.  Combining two different songs to make a completely new one.  Sampling music in order to add your own voice, style to something that already exists.

Start Your Music Business: How to Earn Royalties, Own Your Music, Sample Music, Protect Your Name & Structure Your Music Business
Start Your Music Business:
How to Earn Royalties, Own Your Music,
Sample Music, Protect Your Name & Structure Your Music Business

Continue reading WHO ARE THE MOST SAMPLED RECORDING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME?

How much money does Pandora pay artists for music streaming?


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Whether you get your music listening fix from your own MP3’s stored on your cellphone/tablet/desktop, from the local AM/FM radio station, or a streaming service like PANDORA, SPOTIFY, or others — you know that nothing is ever free.

Whether it be listening to advertising, viewing popups, or purchasing the audio files from your favorite vendor (Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Best Buy) — that music has to get to you somehow.  And it’s that transport that’s going to cost someone, somewhere.

Pandora
Pandora

Continue reading HOW MUCH MONEY DOES PANDORA PAY ARTISTS FOR MUSIC STREAMING?

Top Paid Musicians of 2012 (here’s a hint: it’s not all from Youtube or iTunes)


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It’s time once again to take a look at HOW MUCH MONEY MUSICIANS MAKE each year.

Web Watch knows what you’re thinking — with iTunes, the Amazon Music Store, Google Play and other services, let alone the money that comes in from Youtube from display advertising showing with all their posted music videos — that successful artists would almost literally be rolling in dough.

But that’s not the case, as Web Watch has told you before regarding HOW MUSIC ROYALTIES WORK.

Continue reading TOP PAID MUSICIANS OF 2012 (HERE’S A HINT: IT’S NOT ALL FROM YOUTUBE OR ITUNES)

How much does Pandora pay musicians?


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Web Watch has covered the COMPLICATED WORLD OF MUSIC ROYALTY PAYMENT CALCULATIONS in the past, showed you how to calculate MUSIC ROYALTY PAYOUTS with a MUSIC ROYALTY CALCULATOR, and even told you HOW MUCH MONEY iTUNES PAYS ARTISTS.

And yet, the question keeps coming up over and over from various artists: HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I MAKE ONLINE WITH MUSIC?

And the answer keeps coming back as “not as much as you’d think”.

Continue reading HOW MUCH DOES PANDORA PAY MUSICIANS?

Today’s kids don’t like to pay for music. Here’s what’s wrong with that


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By now you’ve probably heard about that NPR intern who claims to have over 11,000 songs in her music library, but only paid for 15 CDs in her life.

Remember CRACKER?  What a great opportunity for someone in the music industry to write an open letter to that intern, right?

That’s exactly what DAVID LOWERY did.

 

Continue reading TODAY’S KIDS DON’T LIKE TO PAY FOR MUSIC. HERE’S WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT

The secret to having a hit record is all about “Treating the radio guys nice.”


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Hey Mr DJ I Thought You Said We Had a Deal by They Might Be Giants
Buy this TMBG album for the song
“HEY MR DJ, I THOUGHT YOU SAID WE HAD A DEAL”

Rock band THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS wrote a song all about what it allegedly took to get a song on the radio, aptly entitled Hey Mr DJ, I Thought You Said We Had a Deal.  In it, the lyrics read, in part:

I struck a bargain with my radio DJ
I said I’d like this song to be number one
He said I’d really really like to help you my son
And then I knew that I would have him to thank
Because he asked me how much I had in the bank

He said the record wouldn’t have to be hot
And no one ever seemed to care if it’s not
It would depend on something else that I’ve got

Hey Mr. DJ, I thought you said we had a deal
I thought you said, You scratch my back and I’ll scratch your record
And I thought you said we had a deal

And while it may appear that TMBG is talking about PAYOLA — paying money to a DJ to get a song on the airwaves — what they could be talking about is just THE BUSINESS OF MAKING MUSIC. Continue reading THE SECRET TO HAVING A HIT RECORD IS ALL ABOUT “TREATING THE RADIO GUYS NICE.”

You can’t be a successful musician until you’ve gone bankrupt at least once


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The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop
The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

There are lots of financial obligations when you’re a solo musician or in a band.

You have to worry about getting gigs, writing music, obtaining copyright or other legal paperwork.  Then there’s the infighting, splitting appearance fees, and paying for samples in your hit song that borrowed liberally from clips you found on YouTube.

Yeah – music royalties may not pay a lot, but they do end up paying something.  But sometimes, what you get from those royalty checks isn’t enough to make ends meet.

But all is not lost if you have to file for bankruptcy.   All sorts of extremely successful and well-respected artists have had to make that financial sacrifice in order to continue their careers later.  If you end up having to file bankruptcy, at least you’d be in good company. Continue reading YOU CAN’T BE A SUCCESSFUL MUSICIAN UNTIL YOU’VE GONE BANKRUPT AT LEAST ONCE

How much money is Rebecca Black making on YouTube?


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YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts
YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts

How much money is Rebecca Black making with her YouTube video FRIDAY?  That seems to be the question on everybody’s mind these days, regardless of what they think about the quality of her song.

As WEB WATCH COVERED PREVIOUSLY, YouTube videos can make hundreds of thousands of dollars for their owners.

So when we see reports that Friday has only earned around $45,000 so far, Web Watch begins to question who is right when it comes to calculating payouts and royalty checks for viral YouTube videos.   So let’s take a look at this again, shall we?

Continue reading HOW MUCH MONEY IS REBECCA BLACK MAKING ON YOUTUBE?

How much royalties do musicians make selling music? If sold via iTunes, almost not enough to live on


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32GB iPod
32GB iPod

Previously, Web Watch has written about how little money artists receive from music sales

While that post was about the best band in the world and how they are still in debt to Warner Brothers even after millions of albums and downloads sold, new information has come to light regarding more current and popular artists and how they are affected by music royalty payment calculations… or lack thereof.

Lady Gaga, for example, was reportedly PAID JUST $167 FOR FIVE MONTHS WORTH OF STREAMING (totalling over 1 million plays) of the song “Pokerface” on the streaming service Spotify.  Of course, SPOTIFY DISPUTES THIS, and says that the payment that was reported was for a tiny timeframe, represents just one country, and was still when they were a lesser-known streaming service.  Web Watch thinks that even with those caveats, since the streaming totals or dollars paid weren’t updated in the counter-discussion, that Gaga’s low payment number still stands.

Referencing other EMPIRICAL DATA ABOUT HOW MUCH ARTISTS GET PAID for each type of distribution method, David McCandless put together a phenomenal graphic that VISUALLY SHOWS HOW MUCH (or little) MONEY ARTISTS ARE PAID, specifically looking at how many items in each distribution model need to be sold in order for the artist to make a monthly living minimum wage.  Let’s take a look at what David’s graphic is trying to tell us: Continue reading HOW MUCH ROYALTIES DO MUSICIANS MAKE SELLING MUSIC? IF SOLD VIA ITUNES, ALMOST NOT ENOUGH TO LIVE ON

The Ugly Truth about Music Royalties from TOO MUCH JOY’s Tim Quirk


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Too Much Joy - Cereal KillersTOO MUCH JOY was a band in the early 90’s that not a lot of people knew about, although they had a reputation for being one of the best live bands around.  Web Watch knows this first-hand, having been lucky enough to have the chance to see them play more than a few times over the years.

If you’ve seen the film SHAKES THE CLOWN, then you’ve heard TMJ’s song “CLOWNS” (which also was part of a lawsuit brought by Bozo the Clown).  Web Watch recalls that “CRUSH STORY” was used on some television special about teen idols in 1992 or so.   And fans of magicians Penn & Teller should know about the band, as Penn as praised TMJ repeatedly in print and has sat in with the guys in the studio, and Teller directed one of the band’s music videos.

In other words, Too Much Joy has been around the block a few times.  They’ve released a few albums, made national news covering other people’s songs, had some radio play, have celebrity fans, and have done pretty well for themselves in the subsequent years.  They’ve even been called “sell-outs” by some of their fans.  What’s not to love?

Tim Quirk, lead singer of Too Much Joy and now an executive at the music streaming service Rhapsody, knows the answer to that question:  the music royalties. Continue reading THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT MUSIC ROYALTIES FROM TOO MUCH JOY’S TIM QUIRK

How to Calculate Music Royalties with this Album Sales Calculator


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Beatles for SaleA few years ago, Web Watch posted a piece on using a MUSIC ROYALTY CALCULATOR TO DETERMINE ALBUM PROFITS, and we thought that it was a good time to revisit that topic.

Why?

Because many things have changed in the music industry since we we wrote that original piece.  That music royalty calculator link is still valid, but we found another one that you might want to look at as well.

Continue reading HOW TO CALCULATE MUSIC ROYALTIES WITH THIS ALBUM SALES CALCULATOR

Music Royalty Calculator


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Calculating the money made in a record deal can be overly complicated.  Does the artist make a ton of money as soon as they’re signed?  Not necessarily.

Check out the MOSES AVALON MUSIC ROYALTY CALCULATOR to see if you’re getting screwed before you sign your band away.

All you need to know is:

  • Advances
    • how much the advance is
    • retail price of the record. CD pricing averages to around $11.98 apiece, and indie record deals expect that 80% of your sales to come from CDs.
    • What the royalty paid to you is
    • How big a promotional budget will you have?  This is monty that is coming directly out of your pocket, so spend wisely.
  • Producer’s payout.
    • Royalty
    • Producer paid from record one
  • Label costs
    • Packaging deductions
    • Breakage
    • Percentage of Sales royalties are calculated on

The calculator will determine, based on the info you’ve provided, how much money is made on each actual sale and how many sales you need to have before you start making money.  Of course, this is only going to be a rough estimate – your actual successes may vary.