YouTube says it paid the music trade over $6bn prior to now yr – with round $2bn coming from UGC

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MBW’s Stat Of The Week is a sequence through which we spotlight a single information level that deserves the eye of the worldwide music trade. Stat Of the Week is supported by Cinq Music Group, a technology-driven report label, distribution, and rights administration firm.


has introduced that YouTube paid music rightsholders over USD $6 billion within the 12 months to finish of June 2022.

That determine is important for a lot of causes, not least that it’s a $2 billion improve from the $4 billion contribution to music rightsholders that YouTube stated it paid out within the prior-year interval (the 12 months to finish of June 2021).

It’s additionally double the scale of the cash that YouTube stated it paid to the music trade within the calendar yr of 2019 ($3 billion).



Issues get actually attention-grabbing, nevertheless, whenever you evaluate YouTube’s numbers to what we all know of Spotify’s equal payouts.

Spotify up to date its Loud and Clear web site earlier this yr to verify that it paid out greater than $7 billion to music rightsholders in 2021, up from $5 billion in 2020.

Like YouTube, then, Spotify grew annual payouts to the music trade by roughly $2 billion year-on-year (though YouTube’s progress was for the 12 months to finish of June 2022; Spotify’s progress was calendar yr).


How is YouTube maintaining the tempo of its personal progress?

Due to considered one of Lyor Cohen’s favourite phrases: The “twin engine” through which YouTube generates cash for music rightsholders – specifically YouTube’s advertisements enterprise, plus Noah Assad, CEO, Rimas Music (Supervisor for Dangerous Bunny), stated: “Not solely is YouTube an enormous contributor of income to the music trade, it’s a vital platform for artist growth, unbiased music and music promotion.

“I’ve seen firsthand how artists profit from the multi format potential of YouTube. From music video premieres, to reside streams to shorts and a lot extra. The platform is continually evolving, working to construct artist careers and serving to them to achieve music followers everywhere in the world with lengthy lasting outcomes. Youtube is the place neighborhood and tradition join.”

And Danny Rukasin, Co-Founder / Artist Supervisor, Finest Buddies Music (Supervisor for Billie Eilish), commented: “We now have collaborated with our mates at YouTube on music campaigns and launches throughout our total roster, and have loved each single second. Their group’s dedication to the artistic course of, music discovery, and help for all artists comes via connecting and driving fandom and consistency in reaching new viewership milestones.

“A direct instance of that help of growing artists early of their profession, is their “Foundry Program” and its just lately launched 2022 Class, who we proudly have a consumer in.  As an Artist Administration firm, we’re very enthusiastic about their progress in monetization for the neighborhood of artists and creators that work extremely exhausting on their artwork.”


Cinq Music Group’s repertoire has received Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, and quite a few No.1 chart positions on a wide range of Billboard charts. Its repertoire consists of heavyweights resembling Dangerous Bunny, Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee, T.I., Sean Kingston, Anuel, and tons of extra.

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