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Britney Spears, Katy Perry, & Cee-Lo Green Write Letter Of Condemnation To Santa Claus Pandora

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If Katy Cat and Brit-Brit have anything to say about it, Pandora Radio's holiday stocking would be filled with nothing but coal!

The internet radio station complained to Congress about the royalties it pays for music, arguing they are too high when compared to rates given to broadcast radio. They're lobbying for the passage of a Radio Fairness Act which presumably would do exactly what the name implies.

Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Cee-Lo Green, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and other artists who don't want their pockets pinched by Congress is objecting to the company's claims!

In an open letter to Pandora, the artists say the law's proposed measures could "gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon."

Yikes!! We don't want Cee-Lo and friends to go hungry!

It's a tricky, sticky situation.

Obviously the world loves cheap shiz, but we understand why talented artists could be less inclined to write, record, and release music if it were unprofitable!!

Is Pandora getting ripped off? Do the artists have a valid point?

Ch-ch-check out the musicians' letter in its entirety (below), and decide for yourselves!

We are big fans of Pandora. That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users.We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in
this new digital world.

Pandora’s principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians
rely upon? That’s not fair and that’s not how partners work together.

Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let’s work this out as partners
and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

[Image via WENN.]

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14 comments to “Britney Spears, Katy Perry, & Cee-Lo Green Write Letter Of Condemnation To Santa Claus Pandora”

  1. ridiculous says – reply to this


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    Liberal hypocrites, lol. Heaven forbid they have to sell a mansion and have to live in a regular-sized house like the rest of us.



  2. 2

    Because they don't have enough money as is, okay.



  3. 3

    Isn't Katy the same woman that had a obama printed on her dress, the same obama that's into redistribution… so what does money matter? My biggest problem with the position of celebrities is the blatant hypocrisy. They're so transparent.

  4. heather says – reply to this


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    This is bullshit! All three of them are Greedy! I see there stupid documentaries on tv and how they "suffered" rolls eyes. Yea one record label drops them or they have to eat a cup of noodles for dinner for a month doesnt count as struggling its called the real world. Yea they work but not as hard as military members do, not harder than anyone else!

  5. Lili says – reply to this


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    That letter was written by song writers? My 6 year old daugther could of done a better job!
    Also, you would have to pay me to listen to katy perry's shit music. She is definitely overrated.

  6. Rosie Oh says – reply to this


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    That's a deserving 3 some

  7. ridiculous says – reply to this


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    Re: CaritaDeCleopatra – My thoughts exactly. You hit the nail on the head!

  8. Heather says – reply to this


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    They aren't being greedy, they are banding together for the entire community. I doubt Katy Perry, Cee-Lo Green or Maroon 5 care if they get less money each year from Pandora, but it is about supporting musical artists as a whole. Some artists like Adele are reported to be making 1 million per year from Spotify while artists like Drake are making 3 million per year. Take out the big guys, when you play say Dubstep radio and you are listening to many artists who would never receive airplay elsewhere, and I am sure their take is much less since they aren't "pop" music. I would bet they probably make $100k a year from Spotify. This bill cuts the amount the artists receive by 85%. That brings 100k down to only 15k. It is a huge cut for artists who DO rely on services like Spotify. I don't think it's greed at all. I think it's artists banding together for what they feel is fair for the community, not just themselves.

  9. penny green says – reply to this


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    What a little hypocrite Katy Perry is. She was just parading all over the country with Obama all over her when he is about to cause one of the biggest tax hikes in history, and yes people the middle class is going to get hit too,very hard! But katy is worried about her royalties from Pandora? Listen up you 2faced greedy little bitch, my money will never be spent on anything you do ever again! I hope when Obama is through he has raided into you and the rest of the entertainment industry"s coffers so deep you have to get 2nd jobs!

  10. sara says – reply to this


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    They need to get over it. Rich people who act like they "rely" on that extra million coming through make me want to quit listening to them. Get over it and address some real issues.



  11. 11

    Some of you are so hypocritical.
    If this was you, you'd be fighting hard for your lost paychecks.
    The truth is, they don't make us much money as you think they do and they deserve what is rightfully theirs. This goes for EVERY MUSICIAN, big or small, who is paid royalties.

    They work hard and have to put up with shit the rest of us don't with their careers, and you may think they live the good life, but you don't realize the majority would trade it for a regular live in a heartbeat.

    Some of you are so fucking stupid, its unbelieveable.
    I fully support their efforts. They should be given the money they deserve. This is their job. This is how they feed their children, and put a roof over their head.
    Some of you are incredibly naive.

  12. jeje says – reply to this


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    Regular radio airplay rates SHOULD apply to internet radio as well. I don't see the problem. It's the same service just broadcast through a different medium. I know plenty of radio stations let you listen over the interent too and they play far more ads and they still get a cheaper rate than Pandora?



  13. 13

    This is from Radio Paradise's FAQ page, and might enlighten some on how internet radio gets unfairly shafted:

    How do the artists you play get paid?
    We pay fees to the industry groups ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC (who represent songwriters & publishers) in very much the same way that an FM station does. These fees are distributed to songwriters & publishers based on periodic airplay surveys & reports.

    In addition, Internet radio stations are subject to additional copyright fees (performace royalties), paid to yet another industry group called SoundExchange. They represent performers and record companies - mostly the latter, since they are a de-facto arm of the infamous Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). RP pays a surprisingly hefty fee to SoundExchange each year, which is distributed to artists and record labels.

    FM & AM Broadcast stations in the US are not required to pay performance royalties at all (though they do in Europe & elsewhere). Satellite broadcasters like XM & Sirius pay them, but at a significantly lower rate than Internet stations like RP. Due primarily to our lack of clout with the US Congress and the Copyright Office, legally operated Internet stations like RP pay the highest royalty rates - by far - of any class of broadcaster in the US.

  14. temi says – reply to this


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    hello briteny katy perry and others i know katy perry you are the singers in the world and briteny spears iove the song scream and shout its the best i want to be famous like you beacuse you get to go on tv i wonder how it feels to be on tv briteny spears? i have herd briteny spears that you have a sister it is zoey from zoey101 you are luky? i wish you can come to my party