"If you’re smart, any time you get larger sums of money, you can reinvest that towards things that make you more money."
It’s the mark of a dedicated artist; an artist unafraid of monetary fears and label pressures.
And not necessarily for the better.
The rates that songwriters and publishers receive have always lagged behind the rates paid to recording artists and master owners.
"Understand, everybody didn't go to the store and buy records, but everybody's got a phone."
A guest editorial by independent singer-songwriter and producer Spree Wilson.
People don’t blame an all-you-can-eat buffet for providing too much food. We blame the person for overeating.
“I don't think anyone coming out now is a SoundCloud rapper.”
These numbers are exciting for indie acts, but they're also a bit misleading.
“If ['Coloring Book'] was [finished] on time, I would’ve got 20 million.”
The double album might seem counterintuitive to the world of streaming, but artists like Drake are proving it still has a place.
Despite a new ruling to increase songwriters’ streaming pay by nearly 50%, they’re still drawing the short end of the artistic stick.
Maybe it was... God's plan?
"I wrote, produced, mixed, mastered, and engineered one billion streams on Spotify."
From Post Malone to Young Nudy, here's every hip-hop artist over 1 million monthly listeners, ranked.
"I’ve heard the prayers."
"If Spotify is just feeding easy music to everybody, where does the art form go?"
But nobody had a better streaming year on Spotify than Ed Sheeran.