Chalk up another victory for the talented Taylor Swift — she wrote an open letter to Apple Music, calling them out for not paying artists for their music streamed during a free trial period, for their new streaming service. But how much do artists make off music streaming, anyway? Good Question.
Here’s a look at the four stories you need to know about for Monday, June 22, 2015.
It’s been four months since 18-year-old Zach Sobiech passed away after a hard-fought battle with bone cancer. But even in death, his music lives on. Days after he passed away, Sobiech’s song “Clouds” reached number one on iTunes.
Stillwater High School’s Class of 2013 walked the stage at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown St. Paul to receive their diplomas Saturday night without one of its brightest stars. Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with a deadly form of bone cancer. Through his positive outlook, he tried to live life as normal as possible. Sadly, Zach died two weeks before graduation.
First it was No. 1 on the iTunes top-selling singles chart. This week, a Stillwater High School student’s song has landed on the Billboard music charts at No. 7. Zach Sobiech died of bone cancer on May 20. He was 18 years old. But his music lives on.
When we buy a CD or download a track from iTunes, we do it because we love that artist. We love that band. And we expect that they’re seeing a good chunk of change. But how much of every download actually goes to the artist?