Streaming has been a hot-button topic in the music industry for years, and the arrival of Tidal is pushing it to the top of the business discussion. We all know what A-listers like Jay Z and Taylor Swift think about streaming, but what about independent artists?
Host Chris Payne spoke with Billboard business editor Andrew Flanagan and chart managers William Gruger and Emily White, who broke down the business side of streaming into simpler terms and offered advice for smaller acts.
What can unsigned and D.I.Y. artists do to get the best compensation possible for their streams? Is it really the fault of streaming services when artists feel they’re cheated out of streaming royalties? And how will we consume music a decade from now?
For all this — and a user-friendly explanation to all the business talk — check out what our expert panel had to say.
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