Songwriter for Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa Shares His 'Shocking' Streaming Royalties

Once once more, don’t count on to earn cash from streaming — even in case you work with main artists.

As a songwriter, Sam Barsh has achieved notable success within the music business.  His credit embody songs for Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, and Logic, amongst many others.  And he additionally works on the manufacturing aspect.

Recently, Barsh shared how a lot he really earns from songwriting credit on streaming music providers.  As a warning, he advised his readers on Facebook the royalty figures “might be surprising to many you.”  Royalties embody direct gross sales, streams, radio, and sync listening.

A tragic story “surprising” streaming royalties.

In a prolonged put up, Sam Barsh revealed he earned lower than $20,000 from writing for Kendrick Lamar.

He earned beneath $5,000 for his work with Anderson .Paak.

Barsh didn’t fare significantly better working with Logic.

Things notably improved with Aloe Blacc.

Barsh defined he earned extra for his work with Aloe Blacc as a result of it grew to become a success on conventional AM/FM radio.  Blacc had additionally licensed the track to be used on TV, movies, and ads, resulting in larger royalties.  ‘The Man’ reached #1 on the pop charts within the UK and ranked among the many high 5 worldwide, promoting four million copies.

Barsh added the track additionally got here out in 2013, a time when “many individuals nonetheless bought downloads.”

So, why has he earned considerably much less from his work with Lamar, Logic, and Anderson .Paak?  Simply put, as a result of streaming’s poor payouts.

Using the analogy a health care provider, Barsh explains,

Once the put up went viral, Barsh rapidly issued a retraction, deleting the unique put up.

He defined he receives considerably larger royalties from manufacturing work than from songwriting.

Likely on account of blowback from business executives, Barsh wrote,

To maintain a robust relationship with streaming music platforms, Barsh added,

Yet, he maintained streaming continues to fer horrible payouts.

Pushing songwriters to not “give up writing songs,” Barsh lamented,

He additionally pushed for songwriters to affix SONA and Recording Academy to “combat for our rights and compensation.”

You can view the put up in its entirety right here.


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