The Rolling Stones They joined Tom Gray’s #BrokenRecord campaign, which calls for better streaming income for artists.
Already in April, more than 150 artists -among them Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Damon Albarn, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher Y Wolf Alice– signed an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which they asked for help to reform the streaming economy.
The first letter addressed to Johnson received an “interested but not committed response” from a junior minister in the business department, NME reports.
The campaign enlisted the help of the Stones, Tom Jones, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Emeli Sandé, Alison Goldfrapp and Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, as well as the inheritance of the late Clash leader Joe Strummer, in the hopes that they will help change Johnson’s mind.
The addition of the new signers means that four of the eight artists Johnson chose for his Desert Island Discs in 2005 are now urging him to take action: members of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Clash, plus Van Morrison.
“For too long, streaming platforms, record labels, and other Internet giants have exploited performers and creators without fairly rewarding them.” Says the letter that will be sent this Monday, June 7 to Downing Street. “We must return the value of music to where it belongs: to the creators of music.”
He continues: “By addressing these issues, we will make the UK the best place in the world to be a musician, producer or songwriter. We will allow the UK recording studios and session scene to thrive again. We will strengthen our leading cultural sector in the world. 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 up these suggestions. And make sure the music industry is part of your leveling agenda as we initiate the post-Covid economic recovery.”