In a new interview with Classic Rock, iconic metal frontman Ozzy Osbourne has shared his opinion on Spotify and streaming royalties paid to artists.
Ozzy said: “Spotify is a fucking joke. The royalty aspect of making music has gone right down the toilet.”
Ozzy Osbourne, whose top 10 songs on Spotify have between 30 million and 438 million plays, also commented later in the interview about young musicians trying to make it in the modern age. “It’s a completely different world now,” he said. “Before, you could do gigs and get spotted. Now, you buy a book on how to be a rock star, read it and go from there.”
Spotify has long felt the ire from numerous artists who feel the streaming service pays artists way too little a percentage.
For example, the band FAILURE pulled all their music from the service as part of a protest, while ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte, recently said it’s insane to “glibly act as if $0.0007 cents for every spin is fair.”