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Op-Ed from David Byrne: Open the Music Industry’s Black Box

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Op-Ed from David Byrne: Open the Music Industry’s Black Box

From musician David Byrne via the New York Times online: THIS should be the greatest time for music in history — more of it is being found, made, distributed and listened to than ever before. That people are willing to pay for digital streaming is good news. In Sweden, where it was founded, Spotify saved a record industry that piracy had gutted.

Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. Tales of popular artists (as popular as Pharrell Williams) who received paltry royalty checks for songs that streamed thousands or even millions of times (like “Happy”) on Pandora or Spotify are common. Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music? Click on the link below to read more…

Author: David Byrne, NY Times Online

Read More/Original Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opinion/sunday/open-the-music-industrys-black-box.html

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