Pharrell Made Less Than $3,000 From 43 Million Streams Of “Happy”
Photo Credit: Terry Richardson, GQ Style issue 17 autumn/winter 2013
Pharrell probably isn’t too “Happy” about his streaming sales right now. And either is John Legend for “All Of Me” – two of the songs nominated in this years “Best Pop Solo Performance” for the Grammys.
Through the first three months of 2014, “Happy” was streamed 43 million times on Pandora bringing in $2,700 in total publisher/songwriter royalties. “All Of Me” raked in a whopping $3,400.
The current rate for one million plays of a song on Pandora yields roughly $60 in royalties, which then gets shared between the songwriters and publishers.
That’s pretty ridiculous.