What is Apple Music paying artists? We asked an artist with more than 32,000 streams across 42 countries for the answer.
This is part of Digital Music News’ ongoing streaming transparency initiative, designed to offer artists, labels, and content owners better information on exactly what streaming platforms are paying (please share your statements under complete confidentiality to email@example.com).
And with that, the latest to generously share statements with the industry is a fast-rising EDM artist from Australia with some notable accolades and critical acclaim. That includes inclusion on some high-profile Spotify playlists, which helped to generate broader overall attention for the group (which likely bled into Apple Music).
Most importantly, this is an artist getting plays in virtually every major country where Apple Music exists, and a very substantial number of smaller countries and markets.
Here are the per-stream payouts recorded for a total of 42 countries, starting in with the first reporting period of August 15th, 2015, and extending through March 15th, 2016 (presumably the last). Apple Music first opened its doors on July 1st (technically June 30th with partial availability and a few other hiccups).
(quick note on the math: $0.01 means one cent (1/100th of a dollar); $0.005 means half a penny; etc.)
In total, Apple Music is now available in 101 different countries. DMN did capture data for more than 42 countries, but without enough spins to get a good, average rate. Of the larger markets, Ireland, China and Saudi Arabia did not report any spins for this artist.
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