Corey Taylor Bashes How Music Streaming Pays Artists

August 5, 2019

Although music streaming is one of the most popular and more convenient ways fans listen to their favorite artists, Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor doesn't feel the same way when it comes to how streamed artists are compensated.

It all began when Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shared a paycheck for $7.01 he received from streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Good and Amazon.

Taylor added his thoughts on the matter from his own personal experience when dealing with music streaming companies. "While Congress has passed legislation to right this wrong, almost all the streaming services are APPEALING, which means we STILL don’t get paid for our work. But please people, by all means- stream away."

When a fan asked Taylor how artists like himself actually get paid, he responded by saying, "Streaming is pricing artists- old AND new- out of careers."

When asked if he himself uses streaming services, Taylor said that of all of the streaming companies, Apple Music is the only one not fighting congress on the passed legislation. "I WILL say this: Apple Music is the ONLY streaming service that is NOT appealing the legislation. Thank you Apple Music."

One fan asked if it's streaming services that Taylor has issues with. To which he says his main problem stemming from streaming isn't the service itself. "I don’t care HOW people get the music. I care how the COMPANIES who provide it compensate the f**kin’ people who made it in the first place."

The same fan tried to emphasize that artists should pay more attention to the details of their contracts, which Taylor says is not the cause of the problem. “All due respect, this isn’t about contracts right now because they don’t reflect the service righteously. And even if the streaming service pays the label, WE still don’t get paid. This is about PUBLISHING. They’re offering OUR work and not paying for it,”

After he was asked why the music streaming industry isn't regulated, Taylor answered by saying, “Because as long as the RECORD LABELS get THEIR money, they don’t CARE if the ARTIST gets paid at ALL. Or who plays their music- unless it’s a critic on youtube THEN THEY’RE UP IN ARMS,”

A separate fan believed that because rock and metal are not the most popular genres in mainstream music, Taylor responded by informing them that it does not matter how popular an artist is. The business model that affects them affects all artists of all genres. “All due respect, I simply do not believe the ‘rock and metal isn’t popular’ idea. Our shows are sold out, our numbers are just as high as anyone else’s and we’ve been #1 every time. This isn’t about popularity, because it happens in EVERY GENRE,”

One fan asked Taylor how they can purchase music, while at the same time, properly support an artist. "Any service where you can buy the album, or songs at a time. Even buying a song simply makes us more than simply streaming it. The irony here is, if the streaming services adhered to the payment scale that Radio has to abide by, we’d all be paid fairly."

Taylor slammed the discussion shut after one fan asked why his music in Slipknot and Stone Sour are available on streaming services, despite his attitudes towards them. "“Because if you don’t own your masters, you can do f**k all to stop what the labels do.”