Forbes has released its annual Electronic Cash Kings list of the top-earning DJ’s. How did these EDM artist collectively generate over $250 million? They generated the millions through music, gigs and brand endorsements.
Calvin Harris who is on top of the list and gets paid more than $400,000 per Vegas gig, told Forbes several years ago “I want to be the number one songwriter-producer guy of all time.”
Calvin Harris – $63 million
Tiesto – $38 million
David Guetta – $28 million
Zedd – $24.5 million
Steve Aoki – $23.5 million
Diplo – $23 million
Skrillex – $20 million
Kaskade – $19 million
Martin Garrix – $16 million
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – $15.5 million
Kevin Kadish, the songwriter behind Meghan Trainor’s mega-hit All About That Bass received a check $5,679.00 for the song which has surpassed 200 million streams. He isn’t very happy.
“For a song like ‘All About That Bass,’ that I wrote, which had 178 million streams,” Kadish began, without specifying any streaming services. “I mean $5,679? That’s my share. 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. How do you feed your family?”
I believe Spotify and other streaming services should provide a better payout for songwriters.
With all the genres and sub-genres it can be difficult to identify mainstream pop, the genre that is perceived to impact popular culture, that targets teens.
If you’ve been out-of-touch with popular music, then follow these tips to pin down the current pop sound. Plus, you’ll appear to be hip with your peers, with your finger on the pulse.
For starters, you can go to the Billboard Pop Charts and sift through the top 20. Spotify and Shazam will also show you what’s trending. These particular charts are reflective of popular culture but may not paint the best picture. Artists outside of the mainstream like Hozier and Gotye can slip through the cracks which would not mirror the current sound.
Here is a tried–and–true tip. Seek out the older women who wants to revive her former career at pop radio.
Old timers on big labels that want another shot at fame will hire 20 songwriters, 20 producers, a hip stylist, and videographer, with the hope of climbing their way back on the top 40 charts. All in all, they are hoping to penetrate the minds and the emotions of the teens. CONTINUE READING
In a time where music labels are fighting against piracy and streaming services, it hasn’t stopped Sony making a deal of the century. It’s between Sony and you-know-who. That’s right, Adele will sign a $130 million contract with Sony.
This tops Whitney Houston’s $100 million contract with Arista Records in 2001. In fact, Adele will also be signing the biggest record deal by any female singer.
This now gives Sony the exclusive rights to release her music. This is certainly great for Adele. She has an amazing voice and presence and has earned her keep. She is deservingly the wealthiest female musician in Britain.
In this podcast we discuss the music business and some of the steps indie artists need to take for audience growth. We also briefly cover the ongoing feud between Kesha & Sony.
The Band vs Artists Podcast is an interview show featuring 3 members of the band Process of Fusion talking to guests from various creative industries.
POF is a progressive rock band that is using their combined experience as songwriters, teachers, and journalists to tackle the inside stories of industry professionals, musicians, actors, YouTube stars, and anyone who creates for a living.
The premise of the show revolves around getting the scoop on how artists make a living as entrepreneurs, moves, and creators. They want to know the who, what, when, why, and how of what makes the artist an ARTIST.
They also add dialogue to some of the music industry’s pressing and trending topics as well as documenting the livelihood of an indie musician.