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How Much Do Top Artists Like Taylor Swift ACTUALLY Make On Spotify? Check The Numbers HERE!

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Taylor Swift has some inneresting ideas about marketing to say the least…

She dropped a new album, and then pulled all her music off Spotify.

That's kinda the exact opposite of what you might expect a normal person to do! You know, because Spotify claims they've paid over $2 billion in royalties!

Regardless, Taylor still doesn't believe the streaming music service fairly compensates artists.

[ Related: Taylor Swift's Label Slams Spotify's Numbers! ]

But how much money would a top-earning single actually make? At Spotify's stated payout of $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream, the top artists from October (when Swift pulled her music) made a TON of money!

It breaks down like this:

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So let's see… hmm, that's interesting…

Taylor Swift is number one. Oh and look, she made between $280,000 and $390,000!!

Not only does seem like a streaming service pays pretty well (if you're a monster star!), but it also helps get your music into fans' hands… and those hands just might buy tickets to your show… and some merch while they're at it…

We think Adam Levine said it best! CLICK HERE to read his thoughts on the subject!

We love you Taylor, we just want everyone to be able to enjoy you!


So, we're learning some things from a music industry insider and expert on the situation.:

[The] numbers you posted are what the "trade holders" get which means the labels. The songwriters, producers and artists make just fractions of that.

… That's why Taylor is standing up against free on demand streaming. The majors all struck this deals with Spotify and the artists have zero control to pull their music however, Taylor being on an indie label, she was able to pull her's off.

So in other words, it's seemingly less about Spotify itself, and more about the labels taking more than their fair share — though, we're sure Spotify could stand to make some tweaks to where their money is going as well!

We're just bummed because a lot of fans out there use this method to discover new and exciting music in an affordable way. We really do hope the producers and artists start getting what they deserve from all across the board — from shows and merch too!

If Taylor's stand helps that happen, then more power to her! Just keep the fans in mind too!

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10 comments to “How Much Do Top Artists Like Taylor Swift ACTUALLY Make On Spotify? Check The Numbers HERE!”

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    Come on! That's pennies compared to what she will make over Christmas time for her CD's. If fans get it cheap online, why would they buy the CD. Smart on her part.

  2. Mel says – reply to this


    Is that amount paid to the artist? Or to the label? Big difference.

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    Re: Mel – It's paid to the label. The artist has a fraction of that sum.

  4. 4

    Big money to big artists.
    But the smaller ones, the struggling ones, can make less than a grand a year—and I'm being generous here. Spotify is only there to make millions off artists' backs.

  5. Dollymadison says – reply to this


    It's not about how big stars are paid, it's about how people lower on the food chain are paid. Free streaming pays hardly anything, tens of thousands of streams may equal an album. No big star puts there new album on Spotify tight away–Beyonce, Adele, Coldplay etc all wait until they make $ from CD and downloads. So means nothing Swift didnt put 1989 on Spotify. She could've made her $ on 1989, kept her catalog there. SHE COULD'VE KEPT ON MAKING MONEY on Spotify! She walked away instead and gave up the money to prove her point.
    It is not about her! I honestly believe–she was calling attention to Spotify and the pennies they pay for free streaming! Compensate the writers, producers,,artists right! She gives more to charity than she was losing in royalties to Spotify. And now people are paying attention to the lousy royalties people further down the chain get paid. So thanks to her.

  6. Dollymadison says – reply to this


    Re: Suhisfitsudjit – Thank you, you said it short and sweet. It's the indies, the songwriters etc who are being hurt most by the low royalties..

    I think people who use the free subscription think the bands and artists get paid ok, but they're not.

  7. Patt says – reply to this


    big machine is a money sucking machine

  8. Knita says – reply to this


    taylor swift is just another money loving whore

  9. Onika says – reply to this


    OH PLEASE! please do not flatter her with the most number of streams. clean bandit's rather be with over 270 milion streams is not even on that chart!

  10. Maria says – reply to this


    so taylor just hastily removed all her music from spotify without first finding out the root of the problem. total genius