All About That Bass's Royalties are Not Belong to the Writer

By James O Malley on at

So you have a number one song in 78 countries. It has received over 178,000,000 streams on services like Spotify. And it was arguably one of the biggest viral phenomenons of 2014. So time to build a house made of solid gold, right?

Not quite, as all of that exposure will only net you just $5679 in streaming revenues (that's about £3700), according to the song's co-writer Kevin Kadish. He wrote the song with singer Meghan Trainor, who recorded the song herself when it wasn't picked up by any more established artists.

According to Newsbeat that means that a million streams will get a song's writer about $90 (£59)

Kadish was speaking in Tennessee where he apparently said "How do you feed your family?" after explaining "That's as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and number one in 78 countries. But you're making $5,600."

The complaints will no doubt resonate with artists and cause some stress for Spotify, which has received criticism for meagre pay outs. La Roux has also recently complained about only receiving £100 for a whole quarter's worth of streams.


According to the BBC, streaming now accounts for one third of the US music industry's income, but revenues remain relatively flat over all, despite streaming growing in popularity.

Still, on the bright side, at least now if you're a struggling musician playing to tiny crowds in venues that smell like public toilets, you can at least rest assured that financially at least you're not that far behind some of the world's biggest stars. [Newsbeat]