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This article was published on June 15, 2015

    ‘Happy’ made Pharrell a ridiculously small amount on Pandora

    ‘Happy’ made Pharrell a ridiculously small amount on Pandora
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

    Former TNW employee

    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Pharrell Williams, the man behind ‘Happy,’ the intoxicatingly catchy song from ‘Despicable Me,’ made an incredibly small amount from Pandora streams of the hit – just $6,300.

    According to the Financial Times, the song was streamed more than 105 million times on Pandora, with that final number being before his publisher, Sony, took its cut for distributing the song.

    This isn’t the first time labels and artists have expressed disappointment about streaming service payouts — Taylor Swift infamously pulled her music from Spotify, saying that its free plan devalues her music and that she only received less than $500,000 for 12 months worth of users streaming her songs.

    Pandora says that its payments to artists — at $0.001 per play — are “very fair” and that it helps sell concert tickets, though it seems artists and record labels disagree.

    Marty Bandier, CEO, Sony/ATV: Calling the tune [FT]

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