In his Grammy night speech, Neil Portnow let loose on Spotify, decrying their failure to properly compensate artists for their music, but with the streaming service paying large portions of its revenue to artists and labels, and taking steps to make their business model more artist friendly, is Spotify helping more than hurting?
Some of the industry's most vocal commentators have decided that streaming offers little to no benefit to artists, unless they've achieved a level of stardom where earning money from streaming is no longer an issue. Services like Spotify and Apple Music may be helping artists more than previously thought, however, writes Robert Lanterman.
Music sales tracking firm BuzzAngle reports that Adele's "25" sold 3,327,992 total albums in its first week of release. Nielsen Music put the number slightly higher at 3.38 million. Sales were split almost equally between physical and digital with “25” representing an amazing 67.1% of total sales in the Top 200 last week.