“Weird Al” Yankovic released a short video in which he says that his 80 million streams will earn him $12.
The holidays are approaching, which can only mean one thing: an avalanche of Spotify Wrapped posts on social media. But not everyone is a fan of the streaming service, which has a reputation for paying musicians poorly.
This year, many popular artists recorded videos for their fans, including Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny and “Weird Al” Yankovic. The latter’s message was shared by amused fans on X: “ I understand I’ve had over 80 million streams on Spotify this year. If I’m doing the math correctly, that means I earned $12, enough to buy a nice sandwich at a restaurant. »
He added : ” From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support and thank you for the sandwich. »
lol weird al talking shit in his spotify wrapped message pic.twitter.com/mYMPncS2WP
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Spotify recently announced a change to its system for paying royalties to musicians. This policy aims to solve the problem of artificial streaming, according to a press release, but will penalize smaller artists with fewer streams.
“ From early 2024, titles will need to have reached at least 1,000 streams in the previous 12 months to generate recorded royaltiesconfirmed Spotify. There is no change in the size of the pool of music royalties paid to rights holders by Spotify; we will simply use the tens of millions of annual dollars to increase payments to all eligible securities, rather than breaking them down into payments of $0.03. »
Earlier this week, Spotify revealed its year-end Spotify Wrapped data, which placed Taylor Swift at the top of the list of most streamed artists worldwide.