James Taylor: Streaming Businesses Should Pay Artists Half

James Taylor
Timothy White

James Taylor

James Taylor is OK with the booming streaming music business, but he believes artists deserve 50 percent of the profits.

"If someone's going to be making money off of my recorded music, I think that I should be getting half of that money that they're making because I'm the one who generated the product," Taylor said in a recent interview. "What I'd like to see about Spotify is how much money is the company making relative to what the artist is making? For every dollar they take in, they should be giving 50 cents to the people who actually recorded the music."

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Taylor, 67, has a new album, Before This World, that features collaborations with Sting and Yo-Yo Ma. It's his first batch of new tracks in 13 years. The singer-songwriter said he doesn't need to depend on album sales "because I'm a touring artist and that's how I make my living."

He'll launch a tour July 2 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He will also perform at Boston's Fenway Park on Aug. 6 with Bonnie Raitt, where he will sing "Angels of Fenway," his song about the Boston Red Sox's comeback to win the American League Championship Series in 2004 against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year, their first since 1918.

"People pulled over to the side of the road, got out of their cars and just ran into the bushes. People walked out of their offices, walked onto the street just dancing," he said. "The thing that really moved me was that there were pictures in the newspaper of graveyards all across New England with little Red Sox pennants and 'We won!' and 'Congratulations grandpa, we finally did it.'"


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