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Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Says His Band Only Made $2,500 From 34 Million Streams

Lots of musicians aren’t fans of streaming. Taylor Swift (in)famously pulled all her music from Spotify, and Jay Z and a bunch of other big names decided to start their own, presumably more lucrative service. Now you can add Portishead’s Geoff Barrow to the list of artists who have a bone to pick with Spotify, iTunes, and all their ilk. In a series of tweets, Barrow claimed that the trip-hop luminaries only made $2,500 (£1700) from 34 million streams.

None of the streaming services have issued a response or confirmed Barrow’s “rough estimate,” nor has Universal Music Group, but if his numbers are legit, it’s not a great look for streaming.

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