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The Rolling Stones have joined the campaign #BrokenRecord from Tom Gray, which calls for better income for artists on streaming services.
In April, more than 150 artists, including Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Damon Albarn, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher Y Wolf Alice, signed an open letter to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking for help to reform the streaming economy.
When the first letter to Johnson was unsuccessful, they received a “Interested but not committed answer” of a junior minister in the business department.
The campaign is getting bigger and bigger, and in the end it will be unstoppable and they will end up paying attention to them. Now he strengthens himself with the help of the Stones, Tom Jones, Barry Gibb from Bee Gees, Emeli Sandé, Alison Goldfrapp Y Jarvis Cocker, ex Pulp, as well as with the inheritance of the deceased leader of Clash, Joe Strummer, hoping that sooner or later, the latter will be better, Johnson will attend and understand his more than reasonable request.
The addition of these new signatories means that four of the eight artists Johnson chose for his Desert Island Discs in 2005 now they are urging him to act: members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Clash, plus the ultra rebel of late Van Morrison.
“For too long, streaming platforms, record labels, and other internet giants have exploited artists and creators without fairly rewarding them,” reads the letter to be sent to Downing Street today June 7.
“We must return the value of music to where it belongs: in the hands of the creators of music.”
By addressing these issues, we will make the UK the best place in the world to be a musician, producer or songwriter, allow the UK recording studios and session scene to thrive once again, strengthen our world’s leading cultural sector , we will allow the recorded music market to flourish for listeners and creators, and we will discover a new generation of talent. “
“We urge you to take these suggestions forward and ensure that the music industry is part of your leveling agenda as we begin the post-Covid economic recovery.”
The full letter can be read here.