The Spotify contract between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle infuriated musicians, who called it a “unethical kick in the teeth.”
The contract between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Spotify aroused suspicions among musicians, who were outraged at the massive sums the Sussexes would get.
The Duke of Sussex has agreed to a rumoured £15 million contract with his publishers to publish his memoirs next year. He is said to have been working on his book in secret for about a year and has enlisted the help of a ghostwriter, as many celebrities do. The 36-year-old has negotiated an agreement with Penguin Random House, ensuring that the book will be a “accurate and entirely true” chronicle of his life.
As tensions within the Royal Family continue, his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, are said to be “shaken up” and “nervous” over the memoirs.
Harry and Meghan have made the most of their newfound independence, pursuing a number of business ventures and speaking honestly about their time at the Royal Household.
One such agreement was reached with Spotify in December of last year.
The arrangement to produce and host podcasts was reportedly worth £18 million, proving lucrative for the Sussexes.
However, musicians have long complained to Spotify about how they get compensated for Spotify streams.
Musicians such as Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Kate Bush, Robert Plant, and Stevie Nicks called on the UK government in April to reform the way musicians get paid when their songs are played online, claiming that many are paid less than a penny per stream.
The Daily Star questioned up-and-coming bands about the deal in the same month, with one calling it a “kick in the teeth.”
Harrison Rhys, a young musician, called the Spotify contract with the Prince and his wife a “unethical jab in the teeth.”
“I believe what Spotify has done is unethical, we are only being paid £0.0038 [about half a cent]each stream, yet they are able to pay out what is undoubtedly a multimillion-dollar fee to Harry and Meghan,” Rhys, who headlines gigs and has had his music played on the BBC, told the tabloid.
“Who wouldn’t want to take that kind of money to have their podcast broadcast, and it’s likely to be a good thing for their listeners because the Sussexes are doing a lot of good with their programs all over the world?”
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