Were Artists Really Paid More In The 90s?

tl;dr — No

Ed Newton-Rex
Apr 3, 2015 · 3 min read

Has streaming meant artists get paid less for their music?

Price of an album on CD = $12.00

Artist revenue from selling a single album on CD = $1.20

Artist revenue from selling a single track on a CD = $0.12

Artist revenue from a single Spotify stream = $0.0011

0.12 / 0.0011 = 109

109 Spotify streams = 1 track purchase

It takes 109 Spotify streams for an artist to generate the same revenue they’d get by selling that track on CD.

So are artists making less money per track?

If the answer is 109 or greater, then artists are making just as much money per track as they used to.


So why do we feel like artists are making less money?


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