India.Arie is a multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriting from Denver Colorado. Not too long ago, she talked about Spotify’s financial mistreatment of music artists on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” During the extended and honest interview, India.Arie unpacked her reason for leaving Spotify and the unconscious vs. conscious racism that surrounds Joe Rogan’s apology. Also, she spoke about her life-changing moment with Maya Angelou and much more.
India.Arie – Unconscious vs. Conscious Racism & Unfair Treatment of Artists | The Daily Show
“Spotify is not only the biggest player, but they’re also the lowest payer. So, the songwriter in me had to come out there. So what happens is, they say, ‘Well, this is how it is. This is just what you get paid. But the labels and Spotify and streaming platforms together are making those decisions. And they’re telling you, ‘This is what we decided, this is what you get!’ You listen – just talking about Spotify in particular. You listen, we get .003% to .0005% of a penny. A fraction of a penny. That’s what we get. And that’s what makes it, um… It has been making the professions of producer and songwriter unlivable for a lot of people.” – India.Arie explained
The candid interview was so engaging that the show’s format changed a tad bit, skipping Trevor’s usual opening monologue and diving straight into the 30-minute interview with India.Arie.
“We get .003% to .0005% of a penny!”
“I’m blessed that I have been successful, but a lot of people are just doing that as a job that they love and walking this tightrope of taking a chance. They’re using their gifts to take care of their families. They’re just working musicians, and a lot of people can’t do it now because of the pay. The streaming is low, and now the pandemic has cut touring. And so a lot of people are like tired of even having the debate on whether or not someone should get paid for their work.” – India.Arie concluded
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