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This is how much top 7 music streaming services really pay artists

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According to Atlas VPN investigation,Music streaming services are now the largest source of revenue for recorded music. In 2019, music streaming accounted for $7.1 billion or 63.6% of all recorded music revenue, which reached $11.1 billion.

To compare, CD sales revenue amounted to $4.3 billion and 55.2% of total recorded music sales in 2009, but fell sharply to $614.5 million and accounted for only 5.5% of total revenue in 2019. Meaning, throughout this 10 year period, CD sales slumped by nearly 7 times.

So, the music industry has had a major shift toward streaming services, but what platforms should artists focus on?

At first sight, it might seem that creators should concentrate on music streaming services that pay the most per play. However, there is another important factor the number of users an artist can reach.

To help artists and those interested in the music industry navigate the complex streaming service landscape, we provide real-world revenue data as well as the userbase of the most popular streaming services.

 

Napster tops the list with a $0.00916 payout per-stream, which amounts to $9,160 per 1 million clicks. To earn the US monthly minimum wage of $1,260, artists will have to average over 137 thousand streams per month. Those who want to make the US monthly median wage ($3,714) will have to get more than 405 thousand hits.

Apple Music is second on the list with $0.00675 revenue per play, which means that 1 million listens will rake in $6,750 for the artist. For artists to earn minimum wage, they will have to reach nearly 187 thousand plays per month. For artists who wish to earn the US median wage $3,714, they will have to look for 550 thousand streams.

Deezer takes the third place with $0.00562 revenue per hit, which amounts to $5,620 for 1 million streams. Artists on Deezer will have to get 224 thousand clicks to earn $1,260. To earn the US median wage, artists will have to get nearly 661 thousand plays.

Amazon Music sits in fourth place, paying out $0.00426 per play or $4,260 for 1 million listens. Creators on this platform will have to get almost 296 thousand plays to earn a US monthly minimum wage of $1,260. To bring in the US median wage, artists will have to score around 872 thousand streams.

Spotify, arguably the most popular music streaming service, compensates artists $0.00348 per hit, or $3,480 for 1 million plays. Singers will have to get at least 362 thousand clicks to see $1,260 hit their bank accounts. To get $3,714, artists should aim for around 1.07 million plays per month.

Pandora, one of the oldest players in the market, offers around $0.00203 revenue per play or $2,030 for 1 million listeners. On Pandora, creators normally need 621 thousand listeners to earn a US monthly minimum wage of $1,260. To earn the medium wage of $3,714, Pandora will squeeze out 1.83 million plays per month.

YouTube, the most popular streaming service overall, pays the least to creators $0.00154 per play or $1,540 per 1 million hits. Just to earn $1,260, musicians will have to reach 818 thousand views. And finally, to earn $3,714, YouTube will require an average of 2.4 million clicks.

As a side-note, the per-stream payout rate is in constant flux, since it depends on multiple factors main of which are: the listener’s country and currency, whether the user has a paid or free account, the specific artists royalty rate, and the percentage of ownership the artist has on the song.

Userbase

Userbase is the second most important element when considering potential revenue, so it is vital to consider this factor before jumping on a specific platform.

Even though Napster has a considerably higher per-play payout rate than other services, you can expect that a total stream count will be minuscule compared to Spotify and YouTube. Napster has only 32 million users, of which 2.5 million are paid subscribers.

In comparison to Napster, Apple Music provides the potential to reach a wider audience since this platform has over 68 million paid users. Following Apple Music comes Deezer, a service that has only 16 million active listeners, out of which 7 million pay for a premium subscription.

Amazon Music is one of the more popular platforms which has 55 million paid subscribers. A music streaming service that is becoming more popular by the day Spotify, has over 299 million subscribers as of October 2020.

The old-timer Pandora has 60.9 million listeners, but only 6.2 million decided to purchase a premium subscription.

Finally, the Google-owned platform YouTube can boast of its 2 billion users. On the other hand, only 20 million users decided to upgrade to a premium subscription, which explains the lower payout rates.

Each artist has to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of these services, keeping in mind the two most important variables users and payout rates.

Finally, most artists do not have exclusive deals with any of the music streaming platforms, which allows them to upload music to all of them. After seeing the results, they can shift their focus to markets that bring the most profits.

Hopefully, this real-world data provides valuable insights into the music streaming industry.

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Shatta Wale arrested over fake shooting

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Shatta Wale arrested over fake shooting

Police Have Arrested Charles Nii Armah Mensah Populary Known as Shatta Wale.

A statement published by the Ghana Police Service reads:

After we publicly declared him and one other person wanted, the suspect, Shatta Wale, turned himself in today Tuesday 19th October, 2021, at 8.59pm.

He has been arrested to assist the Police in investigations for his alleged involvement in the creation and circulation of information intended to cause fear and panic.

As stated in previous statements, the public is advised to desist from publishing false information, capable of disturbing the peace of the country or risk being arrested and prosecuted.

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Police arrests Nana Dope and one other over spreading fake news about Shatta Wale shooting

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Two in Police Custody for Spreading False Information in Connection with Alleged Gunshot Attack on Shatta Wale. A statement released by the Ghana Police Service read:

The Police have today, 19th October, 2021, arrested Kojo Owusu Koranteng, also known as Nana Dope and Eric Venator, alias Gangee, for allegedly spreading false information with the intention to cause fear and panic.
The arrest of the suspects is in response to the alleged circulation of false claims on the alleged gunshot attack on Shatta Wale.
Preliminary investigations by the Police reveal the widely reported gunshot attack on Shatta Wale yesterday Monday, 18th October, 2021 was a hoax.
Shatta Wale and one other person popularly referred to as ‘Deportee’ are currently being pursued for their possible involvement and knowledge of the circulation of false information with the intention to cause fear and panic.
No one will be spared if Police investigations point to their possible criminal culpability in this matter.
We want to caution any individual or group to desist from making false claims and engaging in acts, capable of disturbing the peace of the country because the law will come after you.

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Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals

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Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals

The Ghana Police service has announced that comedian Funny Face is in their custody for allegedly threatening some individuals.

The service made this announcement via their social media outlets saying:

“Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals. The Police have today, Monday, 18th October, 2021, at 10:14 pm arrested Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng, popularly known as Funny Face for allegedly threatening certain individuals via some Social Media platforms. Due to the history of the suspect, the police shall submit Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng to the court for an order for psychiatric examination, to determine the next line of investigative action.”

 

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Nigerian rapper A-Q bags two nominations at the AFRIMAs

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Multi-award winning rapper Gilbert Bani known as A-Q in the music circles, has scooped up two nominations at the 2021 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs). A-Q has been honored with nominations for Best African Rapper/Lyricist as well as Best Artist Duo or Group in African Hip Hop with Chike.

Celebrating musical excellence and creativity across the continent, the All African Music Awards will once again exhibit the multi-faceted and rich cultural diversity of African music.

“Thank you to everyone that has voted and will vote, Let us bring this home,” expresses A-Q.

Stream/Download GOLDEN here:  https://africori.to/golden

A-Q’s latest offering Golden was released in May 2021 this to a critical claim and followed in the step of his 2020 album God’s Engineering.

With his highly impeccable penmanship and hunger to continually push the envelope a lot can be expected from A-Q going forward. With another project earmarked to drop in the last quarter of the year.

To vote for A-Q visit http://afrima.org . Voting ends November 20th 

Connect with A-Q:

Facebook:  A-Q Nigeria’s most creative rapper (https://www.facebook.com/ThisisAQ/)

Twitter: @thisisAQ

Instagram: @thisisaq

YouTube: https://youtu.be/EOqvtqkO9Hc

Album: https://africori.to/golden

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Mona4Real wins ‘Uncovered Artist’ of the Year, her first award for music

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Mona Montrage aka Hajia4Real/ Mona4Real has received her first music award at the just ended Ghana Music Awards UK. She won the nod for Uncovered Artist of The Year.

Even though she came to the music scene not long ago, Hajia4Real has proven she is in to stay. She has so far released 4 songs and it has more than 100k views on YouTube and all music platforms.

Performing at the Ghana Music UK awards were acts like Medikal, Irene Logan, Jackie, Kofi Jamar, Hajia4Real and many more.

Hajia4Real surprised the audience with her  stage performance. For someone who is still young in the music industry, she really did well to win hearts.

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When someone dies, you now hear the wicked, hypocrite DJs playing his songs — Roo Dube vex over Nana Ampadu’s death

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Reggae artiste, Roo Dube has lambasted Ghanaian DJ’s with the accusation that they only wait for Ghanaian musicians to die before they celebrate them.

According to him, the passing of the legendary highlife musician Nana Kwame Ampadu saw almost all DJs who did not play his songs when he was alive now abusively play his songs on radio stations.

“When the artiste dies, switch to all radio stations in Ghana. You will hear of the music of the deceased.

“You mark this, if the confirmation comes that Nana Ampadu is dead, all radio stations will play his songs tomorrow. If Ghana was to be another country, the music of Nana Ampadu should be able to feed his son and grandchildren for all their lives. But it is not the case in Ghana,” Roo Dube lamented in an interview with Modernghana Entertainment.

The Reggae artist insists that radio stations and DJs in Ghana are so wicked and should even be partially blamed for the death of some of the old musicians.

“These stations don’t care about us the musicians. Ghanaian DJ’s are very wicked. If they continuously played the music of old musicians, it could even encourage people to go and donate to our musicians who may be in need of money or support one way or the other,” he stated.

Expecting radio stations in the country to play songs of Nana Ampadu on Wednesday in his memory, Roo Dube says if he was a family member of the deceased, he would have sued the radio stations playing his songs.

He stressed that it’s about time Ghanaian stations and DJs followed in the steps of Nigeria by prioritizing local music over foreign music.

He said rarely will one hear of Ghanaian music on radio stations when he or she travels to Nigeria or any other part of the world, but it is not the same in Ghana.

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