Sixx: A.M. to YouTube on Artist Compensation: ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’
Over the weekend, Sixx: A.M. revealed that they were renewing their focus of bringing attention to YouTube and the company's lack of compensation for artists. The band stated that they had held off after the company had commented that they were working to come up with a better plan, but after a lack of action, Sixx: A.M. decided to renew their campaign in bringing the issue to light. YouTube recently responded to Sixx: A.M.'s open letter and now the band has offered their response.
“The voices of the artists are being heard, and we’re working through details with the labels and independent music organizations who directly manage the deals with us,” read a statement issued to Music Business Worldwide. The statement went on to claim, “Having said that, YouTube has paid out over $3 billion to the music industry, despite being a platform that caters to largely light music listeners who spend an average of one hour per month consuming music – far less than an average Spotify or Apple Music user. Any comparisons of revenue from these platforms are apples and oranges.”
Sixx: A.M. have followed that statement with one of their own. It reads as follows:
We are glad to hear that YouTube is listening, but actions speak louder than words. Previous meetings have been postponed and emails left unanswered, after YouTube asked us and other artists to postpone our protests in return for a meeting and action on the issues. The protests were restarted after a lack of activity by YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl, and we sincerely hope that this is not further spinning on their side. Larry Page is Google’s CEO, and our letter was to him. He’s accountable to shareholders and the board of Alphabet. Where is his response?
To read Sixx: A.M.'s open letter to Google CEO Larry Page, click here. A number of artists from multiple genres have voiced their opinion on YouTube's business practices, including Nelly Furtado, Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello, Katy Perry and more.
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