The songwriter behind Meghan Trainor‘s hit single ‘All About That Bass’ claims to have received only $5,679 (£3,700) in royalties from streams of the song, despite the track being played over 178 million times.
Kevin Kadish co-wrote the 2014 single with Trainor. The song was the first to enter the UK Singles Chart based on streams alone and spent four weeks at Number One.
Speaking at a meeting hosted by the US House Judiciary Committee at a university in Tennessee, Kadish described the challenge facing songwriters in the digital age.
“I’ve never heard a songwriter complain about radio royalties as much as streaming royalties,” he said. “That was the real issue for us, like one million streams equals $90 (£59).”
“For a song like ‘All About That Bass’, that I wrote, which had 178 million streams. I mean $5,679? That’s my share,” Kadish added, according to The Tennessean.
“That’s as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and number one in 78 countries. But you’re making $5,600 (£3,700). How do you feed your family?”
Earlier this week, La Roux announced that she only got paid £100 by Spotify for the last three months.
Last September (2014) the London singer, whose real name is Elly Jackson, admitted to Digital Spy that she’d “only recently” used Spotify and that “it’s the best way to listen to music – anybody who says it isn’t has got something wrong with their ears!”
Despite this, yesterday she tweeted Spotify, saying: “thanks for the £100 for this quarter… one more month and I might be able to afford your premium service. Lucky me!”