1 million streams = $90? NeYo reveals the truth about how songwriters get paid
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As a songwriter, NeYo has written for Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Alexandra Burke, and Jennifer Hudson. He wrote Rihanna’s 2007 number one single “Take a Bow” and Beyoncé’s 2006 “Irreplaceable.” He’s prolific, popular, and pretty successful, but he’s still worried about the future of the songwriting industry.
“When I got started, and even before that, if you hustled hard enough and were talented enough you could make a living in the music industry as a songwriter,” NeYo told me in an email. “We’re approaching a time where that’s no longer true. Even though demand for music is greater than ever, it’s harder and harder for songwriters to make a living.”