We asked Spotify what they pay artists, and they refused to answer us.
We asked them again, and they told us they pay labels, not artists.
We asked them what they pay labels, and they refused to answer.
We asked labels what they pay artists, and they didn’t answer.
We attended an interview with U2 manager Paul McGuinness, and he said labels own part of Spotify, and that there was ‘insufficient transparency‘ from all sides.
We asked artists what they get paid by Spotify, and they all seemed to have a different answer (we think it’s around half-a-penny a stream).
After a band posted its payouts on Digital Music News, Spotify replied and told us that it doesn’t make sense to look at per-stream payouts.
The New York Times asked Spotify what they pay per stream, and Spotify “declined to comment on its rates.”
The Wall Street Journal asked Spotify’s CEO if artists are getting unfairly low payments, and he said labels pay artists fairly.
We asked a music industry lawyer what labels pay their artists on Spotify streams, and he said the answer is often nothing.
We walked right up to a Spotify executive at a conference and asked him if Spotify payments are improving now that subscribers are increasing, and he told us to talk to their press person.
We then asked their press person, and never got a response.
We asked a K-Pop label in South Korea what they get paid by Spotify, and they said they were getting slotted into a lower tier than American artists.
Triple J in Australia asked Spotify in a radio interview what they paid artists and labels, and they said they didn’t know.
We asked a prominent manager what he gets paid by Spotify, and he also said he honestly had no idea.
“We’re totally transparent about what we’re doing, and we definitely live by that principle.”
Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks, in a recent interview with Music Ally.