"Terrifying" figures show how many streams an artist needs to earn minimum wage

A chart displaying how many streams are required across each the leading platforms in order for an artist to earn an hour’s UK minimum wage for those aged 25 and over (£8.72).

The data has been collated by Twitter user @thetrichordist and shared in a table by the Director royalties collection service PRS for Music, Tom Gray, who called the figures “Terrifying”.

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Amazon tops the table from an artist’s perspective, paying out on average £0.009 per stream, which equates to 111 streams to earn one pound, and 970 needed to earn an hour’s UK minimum wage.

YouTube ranks the lowest with an average payout £0.0012 per stream, meaning 833 are needed to earn a pound, and 7,267 to make an hour’s UK minimum wage.

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Other platforms ranked are Tidal, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, Spotify and Pandora.