The distribution of royalties through streaming music services still continues to be an ongoing issue and struggle for many singer/songwriter’s today. On April 4, 2014, Singer-Songwriter, Bette Midler tweeted her thoughts of how music steaming services like Spotify and Pandora make it “impossible for songwriters to earn a living.” Bette continues stating that after 4,175,149 plays will only equal to $114.11 in revenue.
A Pandora spokesperson responds stating, “Pandora pays songwriters a greater percentage of revenue than terrestrial radio. And Pandora paid 48% of our revenue in performance royalties to rightsholders in 2013 – more than $300 million – while terrestrial radio was required to pay nothing.”
Read more about Pandora’s response – via source: hypebot.com