Music Streaming 

How Much Does The Top 5 Streaming Services Pay Per Stream?

Royalties from Streaming


Aside from Radio spin royalties generated by the efforts of a major Radio Airplay Network Campaign, a recording artist can potentially earn significant royalties these days from streaming of their digital music releases. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has now introduced video and audio streaming equivalents into its Album Award methodology for the first time.

Effective in 2017, plays on such platforms as YouTube, Vevo, Apple Music and Spotify in the US count towards the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Album Awards which are awarded to an artist at these sales levels:

500,000 sales - Gold
1,000,000 sales  - Platinum
2,000,000-plus sales - Multi-Platinum

The RIAA inclusion of music streams into its sales calculation is as follows:

*1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale

Here's a detailed pro forma breakdown of royalties you could potentially earn per stream, from 5 Streaming Music Platforms, including the Top 3 music services, Spotify, YouTube & Apple Music.

1 Stream on YouTube = $0.00069
1 Stream on Spotify = $0.00437
1 Stream on Apple Music = $0.00735
1 Stream on TIdal = $0.01250
1 Stream on Amazon Music = $0.00402

1 Million Streams on YouTube = $690
1 Million Streams on Spotify = $4370
1 Million Streams on Apple Music = $7350
1 Million Streams on Tidal = $12,500
1 Million Streams on Amazon Music = $4020

150 streams = 1 Song Download ($0.99-$1.29 Equivalent)
1500 streams = 1 Album Sale (10 Tracks / $9.99 Equivalent)

75 Million Streams = 500,000 Singles Sold (RIAA Gold)
150 Million Streams = 1 Million Singles Sold (RIAA Platinum)
1.5 Billion Streams = 1 Million Albums Sold (RIAA Platinum)

If you go RIAA Platinum on YouTube, you will recieve = $103,500
If you go RIAA Platinum on Spotify, you will recieve= $655,550
If you go RIAA Platinum on Apple Music, you will get = $1,102,500

Below is a list of current streaming services contributing to the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, as well as corresponding genre songs and albums charts.

Hot 100 (+ Genre Charts) Streaming

Service Audio/Video Data Type
Amazon Music Unlimited Audio Paid
Amazon Prime Audio Paid
Apple Music Audio Paid
Apple Music Video Paid
Google Play Audio Paid
Groove Music Pass (Xbox) Audio Paid
Medianet Audio Paid
Napster Audio Paid
SoundCloud Audio Paid / Ad Supported
Slacker Audio Paid
Spotify Audio Paid / Ad Supported
Tidal Audio Paid
Tidal Video Paid
Vevo on YouTube Video Ad Supported
YouTube Video Ad Supported
AOL Radio (Powered by Slacker) Audio Programmed
Google Radio Audio Programmed
Napster Audio Programmed
Pandora Audio Programmed
Slacker Audio Programmed

Billboard 200 (+ Genre Album Charts) Streaming Services

Service Audio/Video Data Type

Amazon Music Unlimited Audio Paid

Amazon Prime Audio Paid

Apple Music Audio Paid

Google Play Audio Paid

Groove Music Pass (Xbox)

Audio PaidMedianet

Audio PaidNapster

Audio PaidSlacker

Audio PaidSoundCloud

Audio Paid / Ad Supported

Spotify Audio Paid / Ad Supported

Tidal Audio Paid

*Streaming Music Service Payouts
Platform Per Stream Overview 

*Image by The Trichodist

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