Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
First, it seems that Casey is probably jealous he/she has never penned anything with that kind of income viability. When your pay is based upon something you create with your hands, heart, & mind while at the same time said pay depends upon how many spins you receive and nothing else, then you might have a clue as to how this works. If you already DO have a clue about the music business & all of its facets, then you're probably part of the problem instead of the solution. Yes, I'm a songwriter & I can say without a doubt having spent countless years learning (and still learning) the craft of songwriting I would want to be properly compensated. It's a rare gem when some new writer turns out their first few songs & they're certified double platinum. Many writers I know never have the privilege of seeing his or her name in the liner notes of a major label record, & even many less on a "hit" record or single. We (songwriters) spend more time than most people can imagine learning an instrument, developing their craft as a writer, meeting, networking, recording, demo'ing songs(trust me, that's not cheap or free) & so forth often times without the luxury of a decent income early on in their career. Many go years & years subsisting on their "draw" from their publisher if they even have publisher representation.
I'm not saying that song is the end-all-be-all of recordings, but obviously, someone likes it enough to have had it played over 3M times. If you plan to play ANY song that often, then that company should be prepared to compensate songwriters with a proper figure.