digitalmusicnews.com What Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Groove Are Paying Artists... Paul Resnikoff Sadly, most artists and labels have no idea what they should be getting paid by streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and none of these services are offering any guidance. So, we started publishing whatever royalty statements we could get our hands on (send us yours at email@example.com and help the artist community out). Most recently, we’ve been working with an independent r&b, rap/hip-hop label to test the waters on a range of services. Alongside some low-lying payments, they also discovered some outrageously high per-stream payments from Tidal and Microsoft Groove (who are now paying several dollars per stream, and no, that’s not a typo, scroll down). After a test on their catalog, here are the resulting payments that came through. These are before distributor INgrooves took their cut and applied other costs. All of these are per-stream payments. You’ll notice that Microsoft Groove is not part of this graph. The reason is that their payouts are so high right now, it would make it impossible to see the relatively tiny payouts from everyone else (scroll down and you’ll see what I mean). And, here’s a more complete breakdown of everything captured. Aggregated per-stream payouts across all countries at the top, with specific countries listed where data was available. Apple Music (paid): Overall: $0.0119 Australia: $0.01032 Canada: $0.00773 France: $0.01356 Germany: $0.01056 Greece: $0.01150 Indonesia: $0.00801 Italy: $0.01380 Japan: $0.01267 Kazakhstan: $ 0.00988 Mexico: $ 0.00460 New Zealand: $ 0.01166 Singapore: $0.009594 South Africa: $ 0.005599 Switzerland: $ 0.01914 United Kingdom: $0.015994 United States: $ 0.01105 Apple Music (free trial): Overall: $ 0.001703 Australia: $ 0.001953 Canada: $ 0.001741 Germany: $ 0.002076 Mexico: $ 0.000965 Netherlands: $0.002421 Portugal: $ 0.001386 Russian Federation: $ 0.000425 Singapore: $ 0.001585 South Africa: $ 0.002256 Turkey: $ 0.000695 United Kingdom: $ 0.00252 United States: $ 0.001985 Google Play Music Overall: $ 0.008516 Germany: $0.009078 Switzerland: $0.01317 United Kingdom: $0.01519 United States: $0.007459 Spotify (subscription) Overall: $ 0.006111 Costa Rica: $ 0.004420 Germany: $ 0.008198 Mexico: $0.001621 New Zealand: $ 0.007034 Norway: $ 0.004889 Peru: $0.003587 Spain: $0.003212 Turkey: $ 0.002988 United Kingdom: $0.01194 United States: $0.007339 Spotify (free) Overall: $0.001348 Argentina: $ 0.000109 Australia: $0.0001169 Brazil: $ 0.000243 Canada: $ 0.000773 Dominican Republic: $ 0.000120 Finland: $ 0.000830 Germany: $ 0.000543 Hong Kong: $ 0.000295 Mexico: $ 0.001621 New Zealand: $ 0.000656 Peru: $ 0.000103 Spain: $ 0.003212 Sweden: $ 0.001016 United Kingdom: $ 0.001352 United States: $ 0.001437 YouTube United States: $ 0.00001212 (only ‘United States’ appeared in the statement). Microsoft Groove United States: $4.69 +Want To Have Your Product Seen By Over 1 Million Professional Musicians Per Month? Advertise On Digital Music News (only ‘United States’ appeared in the statement).