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Songwriter tells US House he made $5,679 from 178 million Spotify streams

The songwriter who co-wrote Megan Trainor's "All About That Bass" alleged on Tuesday that he only cleared $5,679 from over 178 million streams of the song on Spotify. (credit: YouTube)

A Tuesday copyright roundtable discussion, hosted by Nashville's Belmont University and led by the House Judiciary Committee, opened with one of the past year's most successful songwriters announcing just how little money he'd made from over 178 million streams of a song he co-wrote: $5,679.

That means Nashville songwriter Kevin Kadine, the co-writer of the hit 2014 Megan Trainor song "All About That Bass," made close to $31.90 for every million streams. According to a report by The Tenneseean, Kadine didn't clarify to the roundtable's five members of the House of Representatives exactly how the songwriting proceeds were split between himself and Trainor (who shared songwriting credits on "Bass"), but he did allege that the average streaming-service payout for a song's songwriting team is roughly $90 per million streams.

"That's as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career, and number one in 78 countries," Kadine said. "But you're making $5,600. How do you feed your family?"

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