T-Pain Apparently Reveals How Much Music Artists Earn From Streaming Services

T-Pain is one of the latest artists to reveal how much money can be made from streaming platforms.

On Tuesday, the music artist – known for his use of autotune – took to his Twitter to share a message showing the number of streams an artist would receive on some of the world’s most famous streaming platforms to not earn only one US dollar.

One of the most shocking is YouTube Music. Judging by T-Pain’s chart, 1,250 streams are needed just to make money.

In a report of Times International, video streams YouTube Music streams pay $0.00735 per stream. Video streams, on the other hand, earn $0.00069.

T-Pain’s post further states that platforms such as Amazon Music need 249, 752 on Pandora, 128 on Apple Music, and 315 on Spotify to earn a dollar.

Platforms such as Tidal Music and Napster require 78 and 53 streams respectively to earn a dollar.

It should be kept in mind that this is only a message shared by the artist and the figures expressed in the table may not be completely accurate.

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Either way, the conversation is important because T-Pain has multiple sources of income such as brand deals, live performances, and label deals to name a few, and he’s in a small minority among other artists.

Spotify notes that it receives around 10,285,213 monthly listeners since bursting onto the scene in 2004.

Still, it’s wonderful for well-known artists to say that every artist gets what they’re worth.

People in the comments of T-Pain’s post had mixed reactions.

“The thing is, the smaller artists would never have made anything anyway because most of that money goes to the labels. It’s always been that most of the money performers get is from actually performing. This was the case even before the broadcast,” someone wrote.

“It’s insane. But none of these companies would gain anything if we didn’t stream, so [why are] they change artist [s]?” another added.

A third wrote:[I] refuse to feel bad. Some of you have reached heights the normal man will never see, and instead [of] be smart with the money when you finally get it what do you do….blast it on chains, watches and cars. that includes you.

Gav, songwriter and producer of Miracle of Sound, also tweeted about it and explained how people can support their favorite artists.

“Buying your favorite artist’s album on Bandcamp for ten bucks equals streaming them 12,500 times on YouTube or 3,150 times on Spotify. Still the best way to support them, other than Patreon,” he wrote.

Check out the other answers below.

Admittedly, streaming platforms aren’t going away any time soon and are perfectly usable if you want to listen to your favorite artist or band.

However, buying their records, tickets to shows, or merchandise would be beneficial in really supporting artists, especially smaller artists.

William N. Fernandez