It’s been a battle from day one—what an artist should be paid from the streaming of their songs.
U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr. has now joined the fight for artist’s rights with regards to payments from streaming online.
The legendary drummer spoke with Ireland’s RTE 2FM’s Larry Gogan; he told him that the streaming companies have to pay more. Mullen said, “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service, and all the others, are really going to have to pay artists more.”
However you want to look at it, in effect, this could really be seen as an attack on one of U2’s biggest supporters, that being, Apple. That and the fact that the band has now started their own streaming music service to compete with the likes of Spotify only a few months ago, could mean that music streaming giants Apple may very well have taken offense to Mullen’s statements.
Mullen also talked about how the music industry in general is broken, saying, “A lot of younger artists don’t get paid. I think that’s a real problem. “I think it’s a matter of time. I think a lot of these companies and the individuals that are involved in them realize that as well. They know that artists are not getting what they should be getting. The most important thing is that people who are going out there, songwriters, that they are able to earn a living from writing songs and releasing songs. The fact that they can’t, that just seems crazy to me.”
This outburst from the U2 drummer comes on the back of Bono apologizing for sending his band’s album to the libraries of iTunes users throughout the world. The U2 frontman described the move by Apple as a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, and a dash of self-promotion.”
It seems that the world of streaming still has a few kinks to work out, but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?