A bunch of artists wrote an open letter to Pandora who support the Internet Radio Fairness Act
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.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Camper Van Beethoven
The 5th Dimension
Michael W. Smith
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio (The 4 Seasons)
Otis Williams (The Temptations)
Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Zac Brown Band
Hootie and The Blowfish
Mick Hucknall (Simply Red)
The J.Geils Band
The Jazz Crusaders
John Paul Jones
Mick Jones (Foreigner)
Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds)
The Pointer Sisters