Music artists won a big fight against streaming services this week, but legendary songwriter Linda Perry thinks there’s more to be done.
“There’s a lot of people where this is their bread and butter, this is what they’re leaving to their children, this is their gift, this is their music...and they’re being very overlooked and underpaid,” she told Cheddar.
“Are we trying to make changes? Yes, absolutely.” But that change isn’t coming fast enough.
Perry’s comments come after the Copyright Royalty Board ruled that companies such as Google, Spotify, and Apple need to increase artists’ pay from 10.5 percent to 15.1 percent of revenues over the next five years. This is the largest pay increase in CRB history, according to one industry organization.
But the Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, who’s written for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, told Cheddar that in the days before streaming, artists would get more.
“When MTV played your song or video you would get $49.95, and then every time the radio played your song you would get a certain amount of money,” Perry said. “Your songs weren’t played [as much], and you were making a lot of money. Now your songs are all over the place, and you’re making less money.”
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