David Crosby of Byrds, Crosby, Still, Nash (+ sometimes Young) and solo fame has tweeted his displeasure with the payments he's receiving. In a tweet headlined "real numbers," the outspoken musician published a list of his recent per stream earnings.
Real numbers pic.twitter.com/aO3xMJGqi2— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby)
Crosby did not name which song he was referring to, how many co-writers it had or what companies the royalties were funneled through and taking a cut. But he did offer this additional info in response to a fan's tweet.
The companies made a deal to sell out the artists by agreeing to a very very low rate in return for which they got ownership share in the streaming companies which the artist don’t get piece of ....clever ...shitty https://t.co/Z071Q4s4sS— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) August 4, 2018
After a fan tweeted about his interaction with Crosby about streaming royalties, Byrd bandmate Roger McGuinn wrote:
Well Byrds record royalties used to be as low as .0007 cents per album. It's always been tough for artists. The road and merchandise are the only way we ever made any money, Thanks to all who come to our concerts and support us! https://t.co/afHIGz2fwR— Roger McGuinn (@RogerMcGuinn) August 4, 2018