James Blunt has revealed how much he makes per track streamed on Spotify — and it’s rather underwhelming.
Blunt took to Twitter this week to poke fun at his Spotify earnings — which he claims are £0.0004499368 per track streamed.
And, slightly less tactfully, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke described it as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” after pulling his solo work. Other artists who have had disputes or objections to Spotify include AC/DC, The Beatles, The Black Keys and Morrissey
So how much is he actually making?
£0.0004499368 — amount James Blunt claims he gets per track streamed on Spotify
401,996,843 — number of times James Blunt’s top ten tracks have been played on Spotify
£180,873.17 — roughly how much James Blunt will have made from these tracks
3,400,000 — average number of streams James Blunt gets per month
£1,529.78 — amount James Blunt is likely to make from Spotify per month
£29,972 — how much James Blunt would have made, via Spotify, from his 2004 single You’re Beautiful
But these figures are far from definitive.
Royalties are calculated by Spotify on a number of factors, including what country a song is streamed from, the number of paid users streaming and an artist’s royalty rates. This last figure is based upon how popular an artist is on Spotify — in 2013 the streaming service explained that a classic rock album generated $17,000 (£1,100) in royalties per month, while a global hit album generated $425,000 (£275,000).
It is likely Blunt’s royalties are low because he would not be considered a top artist on Spotify. Although his tracks are streamed 3.4 million times a month, this is only a fraction of Spotify’s overall streams — hence his relatively low monthly revenue.
By way of comparison, Ed Sheeran, one of the most popular artists on Spotify, has amassed 507,905,818 streams for Thinking Out Loud.