This is a fairly staggering (and aesthetically pleasing) chart that someone has made to show just how mental the music industry payment system has become.
Basically, a song would need to have been played over 4.5 million times on Spotify in order to generate enough cash to give the artist the equivalent of the US monthly minimum wage...let's digest that for a second. Obviously, artists also make money from CD sales and digital sales (although the label makes substantially more in both cases), but with Spotify being so prevalent and many calling it "the future", it's clear a new model needs to be created. At the same time, the major labels all have shares in Spotify so it's not as if any of this is new to anyone.
So, why are we discussing any of this when we have no answers and everyone knows all this anyway? Our thoughts exactly.
Here's a brilliantly cheesy pop video by Mini Viva to make the move into the weekend that much easier: