Friday, August 31, 2018

You're Streaming Songs But Still Confused On ROYALTIES PAID OUT? Answers are here -


Streaming Royalties Explained
WRITTEN BY; Sir Heist on Aug 31, 2018

Thanks to the internet, streaming has become one of the primary ways people listen to music, whether on their smartphones, at home, on their computers, or elsewhere – but that doesn't mean it's been easy for songwriters to sort out the process of getting paid for all that exposure. Royalty rates are set at a variety of different percentages, usually based on the digital service’s gross revenue for a period of time, and even industry pros and publishing execs who have been in the industry for decades can find themselves confused.

Looking At The Rates
Some companies won't release exact numbers, but it's unlikely anyone but songwriters with major hits (and more than one) are making a lot of money from streaming due to the low payout scale. For an artist to make the minimum wage from, for example YouTube, he or she would have to rack up 2.1 million plays. For Spotify, the number is lower, but still sizable at 366,000 plays to make minimum wage money.

To sort out what you can expect from streaming revenue, it's important to know that there are two kinds of streams - non-interactive or webcast (Pandora is one example) and interactive or on-demand (i.e Spotify). On-demand generates more money, and thus pays more. There are also two tiers for each stream - premium or paid subscribers and freemium or ad-supported subscribers. The paid level usually generates more money than ad-supported streams.

The Payout
While there's a sound recording royalty that takes up the larger share of each dollar earned through streaming, that usually goes to record labels or film studios and investors (though it can also go to independent artists - whoever owns the sound recording). Songwriters can look forward to receiving the performance and mechanical royalties allocated to the composition.

Mechanicals, or mechanical royalties, are usually collected by publishers via a mechanical licensing administrator, such as the Harry Fox Agency (HFA). What publishers keep as a fee before paying songwriters varies. Performance income usually goes to a performing rights organization (PRO). ASCAP and BMI deduct operating expenses (approximately 10-18 percent of royalties) before paying writers and publishers - and that 10-18 percent is an estimate for the U.S. only – SESAC, GMR and other international organizations may have different rates. Is your head spinning yet?

To further complicate matters, there are different breakdowns for artists signed with indie labels, self-releasing artists, and artists affiliated with a major label. Also, each streaming service offers artists a different percentage of royalties.

Even the breakdown of the highest-paying streaming services can be a head-scratcher. While Napster pays artists the highest percentage of royalties at $0.0167 per play, the company only has 1.75 percent of the market. You may get a higher percentage for each play, in other words, but the number of plays may be vastly overshadowed by, say, Spotify or Apple Music. Reaching the number of plays you need to make the minimum wage is hampered by the low number of subscribers.

Another relatively high-paying service, Jay Z and Beyonce's Tidal, pays $0.0110 per play, but has a very small percentage of the streaming market, with just 1.76 percent market share.

The Breakdown By Subscription
Spotify has the highest number of paid subscriptions with well over 60 million, but even as top executives at the company earn seven-figure salaries, artists and songwriters aren't seeing a comparable cut of the earnings. Still, the percentage per play has gone up over the last year. The service paid $0.00397 per stream this year, and $0.0038 last year. Given there are 60 million subscriptions on Spotify, a songwriter may benefit from a larger audience translating into more plays, despite the low rate per stream.

Unlike Spotify, Apple Music doesn't have a free subscription, which accounts for its higher per-play rate. Also Apple voluntarily offers an elevated payout for mechanical publishing, which is good news for songwriters. Apple has also increased its payout per stream from last year, when it paid $0.0064. In 2018, Apple is paying $0.00783 per stream.

Information is Beautiful released estimated payout rates per stream for eight of the most-used streaming companies in music. Though the numbers are a best estimate from several sources, they give a good idea of how much (or how little) songwriters can expect from streaming. The estimated payouts include:

Napster - $0.0167
Tidal - $0.0110
Apple Music - $0.0064
Google Play - $0.0059
Deezer - $0.0056
Spotify - $0.0038
Pandora - $0.0011
YouTube - $0.0006

Keep Your Head Up
It's complicated and can sometimes seem bleak, but the reality is that the more the music community pushes for rate reform, the more changes we'll see. Keep putting your music out there and collecting the royalties you earn from each platform you distribute on. Make sure you have your publishing in order and stay up-to-date with what you're earning. Sign up for Songtrust to make sure you're collecting all your global performance and mechanical royalties, and use our streaming royalty estimator (the button below) to see what your top performing streams could be worth.


Thursday, August 30, 2018


Aug 30 2018

It has to be extremely nerve wrecking and hard to protect, monitor and babysit a artist like 6ix9ine. Everyday 6ix9ine makes new enemies, but it seems his manager/ceo Tr3Way loves the job. Yesterday via Instagram Tr3way revealed that they was almost caught lacking by a gunmen who was a hater. Check the video below which shows Tr3way addressing what happened!


#StudioTrappin - T-Pain – Might Be Ft. Gucci Mane - www,


T-Pain – Might Be Ft. Gucci Mane

POSTED ON Aug 27, 2018
T-Pain is back with new music this time featuring Gucci Mane for their joint “Might Be”. This joint is featured on T-Pain’s Everything Must Go campaign, in which he released 13 new joints. Check it out and let us know what you think!
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Monday, August 20, 2018


Aug 19 2018

Drake is probably the most strategic rapper since Jay Z when it comes to killing your opponent in a rap beef. While performing in Chicago Drake took shots at Chicago golden child Kanye West. While singing “Know Yourself” Drake clown Kanye and his Ye album for flopping. Kanye’s Ye album sold only 203,000 its first week, while Drake’s Scorpion sold over 732,000 its first week.
Do not forget that it was leaked Kanye leaked the info to Pusha T for his iconic diss song at Drake. It seems Drake has and wont forget that. Check the video below which shows Drake sending shots at Kanye in his hometown of Chicago.



Aug 20 2018

Just when we thought the Birdman and Lil Wayne beef was dead and gone we find out its not! Birdman is suing Lil Wayne and his manager Cortez Bryant for taking to much of the Drake royalties owed to Cash Money. Aspire Music Group founded by Lil Wayne and Cortez Bryant claimed back in 2017 that it was owed 1/3rd of the Drake profits for finding the artist. Because of that Aspire music group sued Birdman for unpaid royalties from Drake’s catalog.
Birdman is seeking unspecified damages for fraud, aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty and interference with contractual relations in the lawsuit. He also wants Aspire’s lawsuit to be tossed.
                    Young Thug


Thursday, August 16, 2018



Aug 16 2018
Former Gucci Mane associate Young Scooter is exposing Gucci in his new song called “Sushi”. In the song Scotter claims Gucci snitched on his 1017 artist Ralo resulting in Ralo getting locked up.
Ralo is currently facing life in prison for Drug charges. Check the song snippet below where Scooter previewed it on his Instagram live. Let us know what you think. Would Gucci snitch on his artist/friend Ralo?


#StudioTrappin - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died -

(CNN)Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.

Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
The "official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the family statement said.
Her death comes three days after a source close to Franklin told CNN's Don Lemon that the singer was in hospice care.
    "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," Franklin's family said.
    "We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."
    Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said.
    The singer had been reported to be in failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos, but she kept her struggles private.
    In February 2017, Franklin announced she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor's orders, according to Rolling Stone.
    The singer's final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.

    Sing it: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Over the course of a professional career that spanned more than half a century, Franklin's songs not only topped the charts but became part of the vernacular.
    She made "Respect," written by Otis Redding, a call to arms. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," a Carole King song, was an earthy expression of sexuality. "Think," which she wrote with her then-husband, Ted White, became a rallying cry for women fed up with loutish men.
    The first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, tops among female vocalists. At the peak of her career -- from 1967 to 1975 -- she had more than two dozen Top 40 hits.
    "Aretha Franklin is not only the definitive female soul singer of the Sixties," according to her Rolling Stone biography, "she's also one of the most influential and important voices in pop history."
    She won 18 Grammy awards, including the honor for best female R&B performance for eight straight years.
    There was nothing run-of-the-mill about a Franklin performance. "I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)" is slinky and gritty, Franklin's voice sometimes a whisper over Spooner Oldham's electric piano.
    "The House That Jack Built" fairly crackles: "I got the house / I got the car / I got the rug / And I got the rack / But I ain't got Jack," Franklin belts.
    In Franklin's delivery, "Eleanor Rigby" was a figure of defiance; with Franklin's voice, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" went places not even Art Garfunkel, whose angelic tenor dominated Simon & Garfunkel's original version, could take it.
    Her soul was as deep as her voice was strong.
    "I think of Aretha as 'Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows,'" wrote the late Jerry Wexler, Franklin's producer at Atlantic Records. "Her eyes are incredible, luminous eyes covering inexplicable pain. Her depressions could be as deep as the dark sea. I don't pretend to know the sources of her anguish, but anguish surrounds Aretha as surely as the glory of her musical aura."

    A recording career at 14

    Perhaps more than any other soul star, Franklin's voice embodied the music's debt to gospel.
    She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, but was raised mostly in Detroit, where her father, C.L. Franklin, was a prominent minister and a nationally known gospel singer. Franklin sang in the choir of her father's church and, though she declined her dad's offer of piano lessons and taught herself instead, began recording gospel music at age 14.
    Aretha Franklin on father's influence (2012)
    Aretha Franklin on father's influence (2012) 00:35
    She toured the gospel circuit with her father, befriending stars such as Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke. She later performed at Jackson's funeral.
    She was signed to Columbia Records in 1960 by John Hammond, the eagle-eyed talent scout who also discovered Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but she had only limited success at the label. It wasn't until her arrival at Atlantic Records in the decade's second half that she gave up trying to become a polished all-purpose entertainer for a career as a soul and R&B singer, backed by an earthy rhythm section from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
    "The backup musicians provided a much grittier, soulful and R&B-based accompaniment for Aretha's voice," according to the All Music Guide, "which soared with a passion and intensity suggesting a spirit that had been allowed to fly loose for the first time."
    Over a year-and-a-half stretch from 1967 to 1968, Franklin racked up 10 Top Ten hits.
    "It had looked for the longest time like I would never have a gold record," she told Time magazine in 1968. "I wanted one so bad."
    Songs like "Respect" were not only huge sellers, they were also adopted by African-Americans and feminists as anthems for social change. After Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Franklin sang at his funeral.
    7 things you should know about Aretha Franklin
    7 things you should know about Aretha Franklin 01:54
    The hits kept coming throughout the early 1970s, including "Spanish Harlem" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
    By the late '70s, Franklin's star power began to wane, as the golden age of soul ended and as critics and fans became less enthusiastic about her continuing output. However, she re-emerged in the 1980s, releasing the 1985 album "Who's Zoomin' Who?", which spawned the hit "Freeway of Love."
    She also collaborated with the Eurythmics on "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" and British pop star George Michael on the smash duet, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)." The latter hit No. 1, her last chart-topper.
    "Don't say Aretha is making a comeback," she said at the time. "Who's Zoomin' Who" was released, she said, "because I've never been away."

    Personal pain lent depth to her music

    Franklin's reportedly tumultuous personal life, meanwhile -- she was twice divorced and had brushes with the law -- was shrouded in secrecy.
    She was the mother of four sons -- she gave birth to the first at 15 and the second at 17, according to a 1995 Ebony magazine profile. The article depicted her as a warm, down-to-earth woman with a crackling sense of humor, who answered the door in bare feet and confided her diet secret was a combination of Slim-Fast and younger men. She also was reportedly an accomplished cook, telling Ebony, "I can wear some chitlins out."
    The Ebony profile suggested the source of some of that pain might have been Franklin's growing up largely without a mother -- Barbara Franklin left the family in 1948, when Franklin was 6, and died four years later -- or the anguish of losing her father.
    C.L. Franklin was shot in his home by burglars in 1979 and lived for five years in a semi-coma before dying, the magazine said. Asked the toughest decision she ever had to make, Franklin told Ebony, "It was when my dad was in the hospital," and began to cry.
    She was also the godmother of Whitney Houston, who died in 2012.
    But Franklin's lows and the emotion involved fueled her music. She saw a number of resurgences in the past three decades and her image as a pop icon endured, with President Barack Obama featuring her singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at his inauguration in 2009. She also performed at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1992.
    Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2005. In 1986, her voice was declared a national resource by the Michigan Legislature. She even had an asteroid named for her.
    "She looks rested and relaxed, like a housewife headed out to do some shopping at the local K-Mart," Ebony reporter Laura Randolph wrote in the 1995 profile. "There, or at the Woolworth's Five and Dime where, she recalls, she's spent many an afternoon 'browsing and buying knick-knacks' then 'sitting down at the counter to a scrumptious turkey and dressing plate with mashed potatoes oozing with gravy and loving it.' "

    Health issues derailed her late career

    Franklin battled health issues in recent years, struggling with weight gain and associated ailments.
    In August 2010, she canceled two free concerts in New York because of "fractured ribs and pain in the abdomen," spokeswoman Gwendolyn Quinn said, adding that Franklin's doctors had told her to come in for tests immediately.
    That November, her doctors ordered her to cancel all personal appearances for the next six months, the Detroit Free Press reported. In early December, Franklin underwent surgery deemed "highly successful."
    She also canceled some appearances in 2013.
    However, she recovered enough to return to touring in 2014, including a performance at New York's Radio City Music Hall. She'd also lost almost 100 pounds.
    "It's fun buying new clothes!" she told USA Today. "I couldn't stay out of the mirror, just turning every way. This is my natural weight."
    Aretha Franklin talks artists she likes (2014)
    Aretha Franklin talks artists she likes (2014) 04:46
    As for her old wardrobe? The shopper knew exactly what to do with those outfits.
    "I'm thinking of giving them to a resale shop," Franklin said.
    Her final album, "A Brand New Me," paired Franklin's original recordings of some of her greatest hits with modern musical arrangements from London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.