Spotify Swears It Pays Artists A Healthy Sum

As Radiohead's Thom Yorke yanks his music from Spotify over poor payments, the company insists it's paying artists and "having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music."

Spotify says it has already paid over $500 million in royalty payments to artists, and will pay more than $1 billion in 2013. This is double what the company's CEO Daniel Elk predicted in February, and can be taken as a sign that the company is making more money than ever, adding new users who pay for its services.

Yesterday, Radiohead's Thom Yorke said he's pulling his music from Spotify because it doesn't pay enough royalties to artists. " artists get paid f*** all with this model," he said.

Pandora, a rival streaming music site, has been involved in its own scandal over low royalty rates. It published a long blog post saying it pays much better than radio ever did, which isn't saying much.

Apple recently unveiled iTunes Radio, which is said to pay the labels (and by implication, the artists themselves) handsomely for letting their music steam to Apple's user base.

The iTunes Radio service will be a key component of the upcoming iOS 7 experience, and will even integrate with Apple's Siri for voice control.

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  • Jmodio

    So they remove it from Spotify. That means less plays, visibility, and a revenue model no longer there for them. I don't understand selfish artists that just want money, money, money. 

  • William Ian Donnelly

    in the context of this article it doesn't sound as if Thom Yorke is complaining about making money, I believe he's making a point about lesser known artist getting screwed, essentially making radiohead a musical martyr to prove his point.

  • Derek Blais

    Total amount is a useless figure unless we see in context of % of artist revenue. 

  • Hawk

    Wait, did you just take a topic about payment issues and the music industry and use it to plug iRadio?