David Byrne Calls For Transparancy In N.Y. Times Op Ed
August 3, 2015 at 12:46 PM (PT)
Former TALKING HEADS front man DAVID BYRNE, long a critic of streaming services, claiming they threatened our musical culture, somewhat modified his complaints, calling for "transparency" in a N.Y. TIMES Op Ed this morning, titled, "Open The Music Industry's Black Box."
BYRNE called for the record labels to reveal the payments they get from services like SPOTIFY, PANDORA and APPLE MUSIC, so that artists can get their rightful share.
"Even as the musical audience has grown, ways have been found to siphon off a greater percentage than ever of the money that customers and music fans pay for recorded music. Many streaming services are at the mercy of the record labels (especially the big three: SONY, UNIVERSAL and WARNER), and nondisclosure agreements keep all parties from being more transparent."
BYRNE goes on to credit TAYLOR SWIFT's stand againat APPLE MUSIC as the kind of activism needed if artists are to receive their rightful share of streaming monies. He also points to the BERKLEE INSTITUTE/KOBALT MUSIC "Rethink Music" initiative (NET NEWS 7/14) and supports the "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" currently before CONGRESS, requiring AM and FM radio stations to pay musicians for broadcasting their songs (NET NEWS 4/30).
BYRNE also outlined many of his positions in the best-selling 2012 book, "How Music Works."