Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Weeknd Made Over $1 Million Last Week from Streaming, Same Songs Earned $50K from Downloads


As streaming has become the province of hip hop, rap and urban artists, it’s also the only place anyone’s making any money in pop.

Last week, according to Buzz Angle, The Weeknd scored just over $1 million in revenue streaming the six different songs from his EP, “My Dear Melancholy.”

The same songs earned just a total of $50,000 from all their paid downloads. Streaming won, hands down.

The Weeknd was smart. Pop is all about singles these days, not albums. So he made half an album, with six hit singles, no filler. Why bother making the rest of the songs?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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