Prince Harry’s and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s multi-million dollar deal with Spotify shocked many musicians all over the world.
Paul Cartney, Robert Plant, Kate Bush, Chris Martin and Stevie Nicks asked the government of the United Kingdom to amend paying methods. They urged for change regarding how they get paid for their online streaming songs. Usually, less than a penny is paid for every stream.
Spotify boss, Horacio Gutierrez irked a number of musicians. This is because he defended Harry and Meghan Markle. He said they created “virtuous cycle” therefore helping struggling musicians.
Callum Gardner said: “I’ve been writing songs since I was 12 years-old. I don’t get paid from Spotify, it’s never broken even from the money I used to put songs on Spotify. It’s hard, I don’t know what we are supposed to do because they have all the power and somehow all of the artists have all agreed.”
Harrison Rhy’s Input
In addition, Harrison Rhys claimed platform’s deal with Harry and Meghan was an “unethical kick in the teeth.”
“I believe what Spotify have done is unethical, we are only being paid £0.0038 per stream but they are able to pay out what is probably a multi-million dollar fee to Harry and Meghan,” said Harrison.
Moreover, Harrison also said:
“In reality who wouldn’t want to accept that sort of money to have their podcast broadcast and it is likely to be a positive thing for their listeners as The Sussexes definitely are doing a lot of good with their projects around the world.”
Naomi Pohl’s Comment
Ms Pohl added her thoughts to the situation too. Naomi Pohl is the Deputy General Secretary of Musicians’ Union. This what Naomi said:
“Most streaming revenue benefits large corporations like the major labels at the expense of artists making a decent living. The time has come for change and we are hopeful the UK Government are listening and that we fix streaming and get a better deal for all music makers.”
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