Stream weavers: the musicians’ dilemma in Spotify’s pay-to-play plan

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Spotify offered the promise that, in the age of digital downloads, all artists would get paid for their music, and some would get paid a lot.

Lorde and Billie Eilish showed what was possible.

Lorde was just 16 when, in 2012, she uploaded her debut EP to SoundCloud. A few months later, Sean Parker (of Napster and Facebook fame) put her first single — “Royals” — on his popular Spotify Hipster International playlist. The song has sold more than 10 million copies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Paperpress
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2021


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