According To T-Pain, This Is What It Takes For Artists To Earn $1 From Streaming Giants
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According To T-Pain, This Is What It Takes For Artists To Earn $1 From Streaming Giants

If “for your information” was a person, it might as well be T-Pain (at least in this case).

On Dec. 29, the musical genius took to Twitter to share how many streams an artist has to rack up to profit one dollar. 

According to his post, Napster pays artists more money per stream with 53 plays per one dollar payout, and YouTube music ranked last with 1,250 plays per one dollar payout. The chart also claimed that collecting one dollar in royalties requires 78 streams for streaming giant TIDAL, 128 for Apple Music, 156 for Deezer, 249 for Amazon Music, 315 for Spotify, and 752 for Pandora.

T-Pain Responds To Fan Frenzy

Many Twitter users shared their response to the mind-boggling post.

One user wrote, “How come someone just doesn’t play a music video on repeat every day to make money?”

T-Pain appeared to be baffled by the solutions Twitter users were posing following the post. The “Buy U a Drank” singer revealed it may be time for a new movement in the music industry to support artists financially while hinting he has learned how to navigate the streaming industry.

“I see a lot of ‘well I guess I’ll use the best one’ and not ‘we gotta make our own’ keep in mind, most artists don’t even get the whole $1. I’m just letting the up and coming know what the real is. I worked for mine and there are tons of ways around this if you move right,” T-Pain wrote on Twitter.

How To Support Artists

T-Pain’s topic of discussion is important to note because many newly established or emerging artists may not have acquired multiple streams of income that keep many artists afloat amidst the low pay rate from streaming services.

As AfroTech previously told you, T-Pain is reportedly worth $10 million with some of the funds stemming directly from the autotune singer’s catalog. T-Pain also rakes in revenue through live performances, brand deals, and merchandise.