Beatle Paul McCartney said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 that streaming platforms should pay more for artists. Many musicians says the platforms pay only a small percentage of each time someone hears the music.
Paul McCartney says streaming platforms should pay more for artists:
“I think it’s harder for artists now, unfortunately. It’s such a small percentage. And what they’ll tell you is, ‘Yeah, but if you have millions of that small percentage, you’re alright. After a while, if you’re lucky, you get some success, and then it can be your art rather than you just having to pay the bills.”
But you’d like to see a bigger proportion of the royalties going back to the artists?
“Well yeah. I’m an artist, you know, yeah. The truth of it is, John, is that the artists are the ones who make the music. You know, The Beatles sang and played all those records. An ordinary person would just think, ‘Well, so, you get all the money.’ Like, you know, you went to work, you did all the job, you get all the money. But as you know, it’s not the way.”
Recently Paul talked in an interview with The New York Times about money and how he deals with it:
“It has obviously changed. What has stayed the same is the central core. When I was in Liverpool as a kid, I used to listen to people’s conversations. I remember a couple of women going on about money: “Ah, me and my husband, we’re always arguing about money.” And I remember thinking very consciously, “OK, I’ll solve that; I will try to get money.”
“That set me off on the “Let’s not have too many problems with money” trail. What happened also was, not having much money, when anything came into the house, it was important. It was important when my weekly comic was delivered. Or my penpal — I had a penpal in Spain, Rodrigo — when his letter came through, that was a big event. When they had giveaways in comics with