“[T]here has never been this kind of financial incentive to make shorter songs.”

Songs are getting shorter


Tue, Jan 22nd, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Quartz, popular songs are decreasing in length since streaming services will pay the same price regardless of how long a song is.

Payments from music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music made up 75% all US music revenues in 2018 (pdf), compared to just 21% in 2013. Streaming services pay music rights holders per play. Spotify doesn’t say the exact amount it pays artists for each stream, but reports suggest it is somewhere between $0.004 and $0.008. Every song gets paid the same. Kanye West’s 2010 five-minute opus “All Of the Lights” gets the same payment as West’s two-minute long 2018 hit “I Love it”.



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