Thursday, April 18, 2024

How Much Do Superstars Make from Streaming? Ariana Grande Struggling with 13 of the Top Songs


Look, we’re not taking up a collection for Ariana Grande. She’s loaded.

But how much do superstars actually make from streaming? The answer is: not a lot.

According to the Song Revenue chart from, Ariana had about 13 of the top 50 streaming songs last week. She had the number 1 song for streaming with “We Can’t Be Friends.”

Thirteen songs — you’d think that would add up to a fortune. But the total is around $850,000 — not even a million bucks. Her top song brought in just $135,000.

Once you take away taxes and the streamers’ cut, and everyone else’s, Ariana has just enough money to buy a clip on pony tail. And imagine how the other superstars did who are on that chart, most with just one track.

Streaming ain’t for the squeamish, that’s for sure.

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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