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Musicians' Union demands new pay deal from Spotify

Musicians' Union demands new pay deal from Spotify | Artists against spotify | Scoop.it
Union launches bid for higher royalties for its 30,000 members following Spotify boycott by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke
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This article shows the artists' side of the battle between musicians and Spotify. It shows how many musicians are upset about now getting enough money from Spotify and how they feel that they are being ripped off. 

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James Gervais's curator insight, November 7, 2015 5:09 PM

This post explains one of the biggest issues about music streaming sites (specifically spotify). And also addresses how Spotify is killing the music industries for various artists.

 

 There are many disgusting truths behind Spotify and how it pays artists for every time their song is played. Although this article is being focused towards the United Kingdom region, this has many truths that is also starting to be addressed to various artists in the North American regions. For starters, because of the laws behind the payments of how artists receive their income has been in need of a revision ever since the internet has been around. Streaming websites, commercials and various other systems can pay the absolute lowest amount of money to an artist for their song; so low in fact that artists can’t live off of the amount of income they’re receiving.


At the same time, I understand that yes Spotify is a company that is trying to make a profit in an industry that isn’t always the easiest. They also have helped people discover other artists and help expand the various genre’s that are around. Not to mention that they try to help make a name for artists that are starting out. Spotify also helps to try and stop pirating (which has become such an issue to artists). 

 

Based from what I got out of this topic, Spotify is both harmful and a blessing to the music industry. Spotify does not properly pay artists for their songs being streamed. At the same time though, Spotify both helps get brand new artists noticed in their specific genre and also tries to help stop pirating. 


 

 

 

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Spotify vs Musicians: 10 things to read to better understand the debate

Spotify vs Musicians: 10 things to read to better understand the debate | Artists against spotify | Scoop.it
Is streaming music harming the careers of new artists, or could it be their salvation? Here are some opinions and data to help you reach an informed view. By Stuart Dredge
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This article is comprised of multiple different clips from reliable writes from places such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and even from Spotify itself. This article is pointing out ten different parts of the argument to understand before picking a side in the constant struggle and debate between artists and Spotify.

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Jonathan Dickins: 'Spotify shouldn't force artists to be on the free tier'

Jonathan Dickins: 'Spotify shouldn't force artists to be on the free tier' | Artists against spotify | Scoop.it
But streaming 'will be everywhere in five years', Adele manager stresses
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This article is from musicweek.com which is a reliable source. This article also does not appear to be bias. It is simply explaining why artists no longer want their music for free on Spotiy and explains a solution that would make artists less reluctant to put their music on platforms such as Spotify. 

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On Taylor Swift's Decision To Remove Her Music from Spotify

On Taylor Swift's Decision To Remove Her Music from Spotify | Artists against spotify | Scoop.it
We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more - nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists. We hope sh...
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This article is directly from Spotify and shows Spotify's side of the argument. It shows that they realize that Taylor Swift has the decision to remove her music is she wants to but also poses the idea of starting a new source of music revenue for the artists is they stay with them. 

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Taylor Swift takes a stand over Spotify music royalties

Taylor Swift takes a stand over Spotify music royalties | Artists against spotify | Scoop.it
Singer’s move condemned by some as shortsighted, but others see it as a savvy way to drive up album sales
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This article is reliable and talks about why Taylor Swift decided to take a stand against Spotify and how it is unfair to artists because of the small amount that they make off each individual play. 

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James Gervais's curator insight, November 7, 2015 5:35 PM

In this article, it talks a lot about why Taylor Swift had decided to pull her music off of Spotify. It also explains the biggest problem about music streaming sites.

                The royalties that artists receive from sites such as Spotify, Pandora and pretty much any other major music streaming site is the main reason why people are considering pulling their music off of the websites. Granted, when your entire salary is completely based from your music sales, it only makes sense that you want to be paid something that’s decent compared to the amount of plays that you will receive.

                I remember I read an article that is similar to this to which it addresses the issue of being payed fairly for your songs. When Avicii created his song ‘Wake me up’, it received over 196 million plays just on Pandora alone. But the amount that was paid back to the artist was just a little over 12,000 dollars. This to me is an atrocity that people are being paid so little for the amount of times their song was played.

                This article though brings up a bigger understand that music streaming sites are more for ‘discovery’ style of listening rather than your typical listening to the radio station type of listening.

Let me explain what I mean by using Spotify specifically. When you listen to Spotify, you have the availability to explore music that is completely different than what you normally listen to. Meaning that you can discover new artists that you may have an interest in, songs that you’ve never heard of before but you like it or discovering different music genres that you’ve never heard of before. Because of this newer type of music listening, you are able to expand your knowledge of music and are more than capable of listening to different styles of music, whereas you’re not really capable of doing just by listening to the radio alone. This is the reason why upcoming artists use allow their music onto sites such as Spotify so they can receive new listeners and have a bigger fan base of listeners.