Group releases 1,000 30-second songs to cheat Spotify royalty payments


While Spotify remains in the news as music fans dissect the Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan debate, that’s not the only issue facing the streaming service. Royalty rates have long been a concern for musical artists, and in recently announcing their plans to leave the streaming service, Failure noted not only the Rogan controversy, but also their concern over royalties being paid to artists. Now, another rock band has gone further to draw attention to royalty issues.

According to NME, a rock band called The Pocket Gods decided to release a 1,000 track album with each of the songs clocking in at around 30 seconds. Why 30 seconds? The current Spotify streaming model activates revenue from a song’s stream after 30 seconds of play.

The band were reportedly inspired by an article by The Independent where it was suggested Spotify’s current methods could signal the end of the three-minute pop song.

“I saw the article and it made me think, ‘Why write longer songs when we’re pretty low paid for just 30 seconds?'” Pocket Gods frontman Mark Christopher Lee said. at iNews.

The UK band noted that you get around £0.002 in payment when a song plays, and it’s the same rather than a full song playing or just 30 seconds.

“We wrote and recorded 1,000 songs, each over 30 seconds long for the album. The longest is 36 seconds,” Lee said. fair fees.”

Bringing home the goal of their goal, the group titled their new album, 1000X30 – No one makes money anymore. And their single is aptly titled “0.002”. “We used to have 0.007 playpa, still a pittance, but that seems to have been reduced since Spotify bought the Joe Rogan Experience podcast for $100 million,” the musician added.

Lee said that as they upload the album to Spotify, he is aware that “we are at risk of being kicked off the platform”. As of press time, only single “0.002” and title track “Nobody Makes Any Money Anymore” have been uploaded to the streaming service.

As for coming up with 1,000 songs for the album, that was a task. “Sometimes we start with a chorus and repeat it, others have a verse and a chorus,” the singer said. “There’s not a lot of wiggle room. The public appreciates the live songs but it is difficult for the band to get into the rhythm. »

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