Posted in industry | music on November 16, 2012


This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

Bryan Adams
Greg Allman
Steve Angello
Rodney Atkins
Sara Bareilles
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Clint Black
Jack Blades
Jonatha Brooke
Jackson Browne
Jimmy Buffett
Oteil Burbridge
The Cab
Colbie Caillat
Camper Van Beethoven
CoCo Carmel
George Clinton
Keyshia Cole
Easton Corbin
Cowboy Mouth
Randy Crawford
Robert Cray
David Crosby
Joel Crouse
Sheryl Crow
Drew Davis
Taylor Dayne
Dead Kennedys
Raheem DeVaughn
The Doors
The Dream
Vikter Duplaix
Missy Elliott
Lupe Fiasco
The 5th Dimension
John Fogerty
Guy Forsyth
The Game
Vince Gill
David Gilmour
Genevieve Goings
Martha Reeves
Eric Roberson
Darius Rucker
Bobby Rush
Joe Sample
David Sanborn
Skid Row
Michael W. Smith
Britney Spears
Dave Stewart
Susan Tedeschi
Robin Thicke
George Thorogood
Butch Trucks
Derek Trucks
Josh Turner
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio (The 4 Seasons)
Dionne Warwick
Roger Waters
Bobby Whitlock
Chuck Wicks
Otis Williams (The Temptations)
Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Zac Brown Band
Andy Grammer
Amy Grant
CeeLo Green
Warren Haynes
Don Henley
Hootie and The Blowfish
Mallary Hope
Bruce Hornsby
Mick Hucknall (Simply Red)
The J.Geils Band
The Jazz Crusaders
Billy Joel
John Paul Jones
Mick Jones (Foreigner)
Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds)
Jana Kramer
Maroon 5
Nick Mason
Duff McKagan
Janelle Monae
Alissa Moreno
Jason Mraz
Graham Nash
Stevie Nicks
Night Ranger
Ted Nugent
Owl City
Christina Perri
Katy Perry
Pink Floyd
Robert Plant
John Pointer
The Pointer Sisters
Marc Quinones
Joel Rafael
Trisha Yearwood
Bonnie Raitt



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Comments (13)

So good to see Ted Nugent and Owl City finally agreeing on something.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 12:49 PM

A letter written by a lawyer to be sent to a collection of lawyers.

Let's examine this problem to see if it has a common thread ....

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 12:55 PM

Guys we got to help out because if we don't the guys in Survivor will not survive!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 12:59 PM

(with OR without Jello)

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 1:27 PM

this is hilarious!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 1:37 PM

Stevie Nicks but not Lindsey Buckingham? I am dismayed to see this dissension in the soft-rock ranks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 1:42 PM

If internet radio sites cannot figure out how to make money and pay artists what they deserve to be paid for their material, then they should go out of business. Period. It's not the artists job to figure out how other people can make money off of their music.

Terrestrial radio figured it out, TV figured it out, but the internet has not and they have to pay waaay, waaaaay less than any other medium.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:22 PM

I bet creating a one-page website with that image as the only content would have costs thousands of dollars less than a full-page advertisement in a small-circulation weekly.

Posted by Regular reader | November 16, 2012 3:28 PM

Fuck the whiny, entitled artists.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2012 7:32 AM

Fuck the whiny, entitled listeners.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2012 10:07 AM

Every time I think The Bowery Presents out-does themselves with some absurd booking, they always sink to a new low.

Posted by noor | January 16, 2013 11:36 AM

Ta getting time! this weekend will first see a Dead Kennedys Show here in Sao Paulo! very good! I can not wait!

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I really like this act.

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