As a songwriter Pandora paid me $16.89* for 1,159,000 play of ‘Low’ last quarter. Less than I make from a single T-shirt sale. Okay that’s a slight exaggeration. That’s only the premium multi-color long sleeve shirts and that’s only at venues that don’t take commission. But still.
This is absurd. As the artist, he has zero recourse.
One more reason to drop Pandora this fall for iTunes Radio1.
That said, I haven’t heard any similar horror stories regarding iTunes so I’m hoping that iTunes Radio will be paying artists fairly. I don’t actually know for sure. ↩︎