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A bunch of artists wrote an open letter to Pandora who support the Internet Radio Fairness Act

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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 fairpayforartists.com 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.


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

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