How can Spotify give Meghan and Harry millions when it pays singers £ 200? Sandie Shaw uses the streaming service to make a fortune on podcasting former royals while paying low royalties to musicians
Sixties star Sandie Shaw led an attack by British musicians on Spotify last night over his lucrative podcast deal with Harry and Meghan
Research has shown that most artists are only paid £ 200 a year from services that stream their songs.
Professor Jonathan Shalit, chairman of talent agency InterTalent, has valued the Sussexes' deal with the digital music giant at £ 18 million over several years
73-year-old Eurovision winner Miss Shaw, who is famous for her barefoot singing, told the Daily Mail: “Lucky Meghan and Harry were able to negotiate a podcast deal for themselves with Spotify.
When Spotify signed a £ 18 million podcast deal with the Sussexes, MPs heard that young streaming artists were "lucky enough to be able to make enough to pay their grocery bills".
"I wish recording artists were in the same independent position to negotiate streaming deals directly for themselves."
A survey found that Spotify pays eight out of ten artists whose music broadcasts an average of around £ 17 a month.
Singer Tom Gray of the Mercury Prize-winning Gomez said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were likely unaware of the ethical issues surrounding their Spotify deal. Holiday special & # 39; podcast.
Mr Gray, who provided evidence last week to MPs investigating the streaming industry, said: “Young artists on Spotify would be fortunate enough to be streaming enough to pay their grocery bills if they did.
"This is probably something Meghan and Harry haven't thought about, but it calls into question the ethics of streaming platforms if they keep acting where they suddenly find tens of millions."
The argument from [Spotify] is: "We take all this money and give 70 percent of it to the rights holders." So where is all this extra money coming from to buy out Meghan and Harry?
'60s singer and Eurovision winner Sandie Shaw criticized Spotify for the deal, saying, "I wish recording artists were in the same independent position to negotiate streaming deals directly for themselves."
"Now when you work with music at any level, you just feel disappointed with the system."
British jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch said, "It's a farce that Spotify made such a deaf and dumb deal in a year when most musicians and creators see our livelihoods implode."
"I love the Sussexes, but that just highlights how lazy and opaque the world of streaming is."