Pharrell’s “Happy” made $2,700 in publisher and songwriter royalties from 43 million Pandora streams in the first quarter of 2014, according to an email from music publisher Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier obtained by Digital Music News.
In the letter, Bandier said a million streams of a song on Pandora yields roughly just $60 in royalties. “This is a totally unacceptable situation and one that cannot be allowed to continue,” Bandier wrote.
Bandier added: “We at Sony/ATV want these digital music services to be successful because they are a great way for music fans to listen to music and have the potential to generate significant new revenues for everyone. However, this success should not come at the expense of songwriters whose songs are essential for these services to exist and thrive.”
Pandora is the most used streaming service, which paints an ugly picture for artists looking to make a living off of their craft. Taylor Swift recently spoke out about how little artists make from streaming, claiming that services like Spotify don’t value her art. Swift pulled her entire catalog from Spotifyin protest.
Given how little he’s making, it comes as no surprise that Pharrell is among a group of artists demanding that YouTube take down thousands of songs it doesn’t have permission to share. If YouTube doesn’t remove the 20,000 songs, a legal group called Global Music Rights – which represents artists including Pharrell, the Eagles, John Lennon, and Smokey Robinson – says it will bring a $1 billion lawsuit against Google, YouTube’s parent company.
Angelina Jolie On Flight To London With All Six Kids
An eyewitness reveals that Angie was spotted on a flight from LAX to London with ALL SIX of her kids and with no nanny or security.
“She is in London visiting her advisers and friends Arminka Helic and Chloe Dalton,” sources tell NAUGHTY GOSSIP. “Brad grew furious at Angelina for surrounding herself with a “coven” of powerful female pals and this was part of the reason they split. He wanted these women out of the lives of him and his wife and his kids. Angie said NO.”
Arminka Helic, 48, and Chloe Dalton, 37, who both worked for ex-Tory leader William Hague. They were brought in to handle the actress’s public image and write her speeches.
Brad felt Arminka, a former Bosnian refugee, started meddling in other affairs. He also hated their secret meetings where they would plot Angelina’s political ambitions.
While Angelina spent more and more time away campaigning with the women, Brad spent less time at the couple’s British home, — preferring to drink with pals at an estate they own in the South of France.
A source said: “Brad sees the women as a coven. He was furious at some of Arminka’s decisions. He felt she and Chloe, who seemed to travel everywhere with the family, were brainwashing Angelina from the start. He felt he was married to a politician all of a sudden.”
“Angie plans to be in London for a few weeks and did not take any nanny’s or security with her. While in the UK her help and security is being handled by her friends. She literally trusts both of these women with her life and her kids lives,” a close insider tells NAUGHTY GOSSIP.