Gerald Simpson, aka A Guy Called Gerald, says he has never been paid for his 1988 single 'Voodoo Ray' or his 1989 album, 'Hot Lemonade'.
Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers argued that major labels are to blame for low artist income from streaming platforms, appearing before MPs yesterday as part of an inquiry into the financial impact of services like Spotify and Apple Music.
82% of musicians earned less than £200 from streaming in 2019, according to a new poll by the UK’s independent body for music creators, The Ivors Academy and the Musicians’ Union.
Spotify, Google, Amazon and Pandora have launched an appeal to overturn increase in songwriter royalties.
The four industry leaders in music streaming have filed a 92-page appeal with the District of Colombia's Court of Appeals, which outlines their aim to limit artist earnings from streaming.
The US Copyright Royalty Board has officially approved a 44% increase in streaming royalty rates following a campaign last year led by songwriters and publishers.
The new rates will now come into affect, but streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal have 30 days to challenge the increase. Publishers have however issued a strong warning to streaming services not to lodge an appeal.