This is the largest spreadsheet of Spotify royalty data weâ€™ve received to date.
That group that shared these statements was unsigned until just a few months ago,Â and is fast-rising within a specific EDM niche. Â While still label-less, they somehow managed to get onto a few Spotify featured playlists. Â Thatâ€™s becoming increasingly difficult for smaller artists, though lightning can strike if the right, influential playlist curator stumbles upon your (awesome) music.
Weâ€™ve seen this happen before, particularly to singer/songwriter Perrin Lamb, who scored more than $40,000 after getting slotted onto some heavily-streamed coffeehouse playlists (which powered more than 10 million streams). Â We asked this group how they got slotted onto their plum playlists, and they told us theyâ€™re not sure exactly how it happened. Â They werenâ€™t working a strategy, they didnâ€™t have aÂ label at the time, and they definitely didnâ€™t have money to blow on â€˜playlist payolaâ€™ (and if you think you donâ€™t need that, read this).
That said, it looks like this group has been getting a good amount ofÂ critical acclaim and buzz within their electronica niche, especially from their home turf of Australia. Â So, itâ€™s not entirely an accident that Spotify picked up on that momentum.
Looks like things are going well for these guys. Â The group just signed an independent record deal and keep getting attention (and youâ€™ve probably heard of this label).
And with that, here are this groupâ€™s Spotify stats. Â Weâ€™re missing that last few months, based reporting lag (and maybe their recent signing), but weâ€™ve straight line estimated those based on the previous data (which goes back to October of 2013).
Total number of streams: 1,023,501
Total revenue: $4,955.90
Specific time period accounted: 10/15/2013 â€“Â 2/15/2013
(March, April, May periods not yet reported; estimated)
Average per-stream payout: $0.004891
And, for those who want to take the plunge, hereâ€™s the entire royalty breakdown. Â If enough people want to play with the data itself, weâ€™ll put a shared spreadsheet up on Gdrive or something (just let us know in comments)
And please share your royalties to firstname.lastname@example.org! Â It will greatly help other artists and the industry to get a better sense of what streaming platforms are paying.