Here’s how much you REALLY earn from writing a global smash hit song… it’s not very much

Spotify streaming isn’t exactly a lucrative business for artists

Remember this? Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass was a hit song across the world, with more than a BILLION views on YouTube.

The song, which is supposed to have a body positive message for girls with a bit more junk in the trunk, was number one in 25 countries worldwide and had a huge 178 million streams on Spotify.

However, it seems the writer of that song, Kevin Kadish has earned only £3,700 in royalties from Spotify streaming.

In fact, for a million streams of a song, the writer collects just £59.

“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,” says Kadish, who co-wrote the song with Trainor.

“How do you feed your family?”

The issue has been highlighted as part of an investigation in the US Congress into whether copyright laws are keeping up with technology.


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