David Byrne Pens Op-Ed Asking for Streaming Transparency

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In October 2013, David Byrne was more critical of music streaming services in an essay for The Guardian, warning that the medium’s low royalty rates would dissuade artists from pursuing a career in music and that “our future as a musical culture looks grim.” At the time, Byrne blamed streaming services – especially Spotify – for their “minuscule” pay-per-stream rates. Now, however, Byrne takes aim at record labels for pocketing much of the advanced money from streaming services, even though there is no physical production and distribution costs involved. – Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone