*Pharrell Wiliams probably isn’t happy about the lack of “Happy” money. One of the biggest singles of 2014 only made him $2,700 from Pandora after 43 million plays.
Publisher Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier isn’t elated about the situation. And he wants money from streaming services to be distributed appropriately for all parties.
“This is a totally unacceptable situation and one that cannot be allowed to continue,” Bandier said, according to Business Insider.
He added, “we at Sony/ATV want these digital music services to be successful because they are a great way for music fans to listen to music and have the potential to generate significant new revenues for everyone.”
He concluded with, “however, this success should not come at the expense of songwriters whose songs are essential for these services to exist and thrive.”
Streaming services clearly isn’t being fair to all parties involved when it comes to royalties. Therefore, Global Music Rights, who represents Williams, is threatening to sue Google $1 billion if it doesn’t remove 20,000 songs from streaming YouTube.