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Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artists



In a video interview, five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie talks to USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on the effects of on-line streaming services on the music business.



Of course this isn't a new subject and many artists are still refusing to work with streaming services like Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, Pete Townshed, Neil Young, Def Leppard, Aaliyah, and others. A 2015 report by Ranker listed information about musicians against Spotify, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Spotify's low-paying compensation practices and perceived discouragement of creativity have been called into question by some of the most popular musicians of all time.


A new wave of streaming music services are in the works that support and compensate musicians and writers better and you could learn about them here.


In 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Jimmy Iovine Pounds the Table to Kill off the Freemium Music Business Model at Vanity Fair Event." Apple's Jimmy Iovine pounded the drum to kill off the damaging Freemium business model back in 2015 at a Vanity Fair event.


Until giant music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music take a stand and create a fairer way to compensate artists, major artists like Lionel Richie have to keep bringing the issue to the fore and push for change that will allow writers to make a living beyond hobby status.


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