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Listen up: Streaming popular music playlists hurts smaller artists’ revenue


When music fans listen to their favorite album, there’s a certain satisfaction derived from knowing that they paid for the music they love – they’re giving back to the artists who made it. That’s not the case on music streaming platforms, where artists aren’t paid a fixed fee when you stream their songs or albums. Instead, your subscription fee enters a big pot which is then split between every artist on the platform based on their share of overall streams. You can think of the payment pot as a pie chart: the size of an artist’s slice of revenue is…

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