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Ever wondered how much Kanye, The Killers and Daft Punk earn from digital downloads?*

As music fans we spend a ton of money on digital downloadsbut have you ever stopped to think about where your hard earned cash really goes? compiled by music platform Songeist, gives you the chance to see where your money ends up when you buy a digital download. You can also see how much of it goes where you want it to – the artist, not the middlemen.

For example: electronic duo Daft Punk sold 1.4 million copies of Get Lucky in the UK, with an estimated revenue of £1,100,000 – but calculations based on an average record industry model indicate that the band could have earned as little as £73,000 in royalties (that’s less than 7%).

Or if we take a look at our homegrown talent such as Adele, had the singer-songwriter distributed Rolling In The Deep using a DIY model, she could have made an incredible £5,600,000 of royalities, which is over 7 times more than what she actually made. at last gives music fans the chance to decide where to spend their money by showing the difference in revenue between artists who sell via labels, and totally DIY artists who sell their music using DIY platforms.

Want to find out what Kanye, Coldplay, Jay Z and Miley could have made?

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Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs and Sophie Ellis Bextor are just a few high-profile artists that have become frustrated with releasing via major labels, and have turned to releasing their music independently, that’s food for thought.

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Spotify now free on mobile and tablet

From today, Spotify gives you access to millions of songs across your mobile devices for free. Listen to all your playlists, discover new music, or simply sit back and dig into your favourite artist’s entire back catalogue. And with Spotify launching in 20 new markets today, it's never been easier for more people across the world to discover and play more great music. Available to all today – Spotify’s new free mobile experience lets you shuffle play:

Your music: Listen to all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share. 

Your favourite artists: Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don’t settle for something similar. Don’t settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.

Discover great new playlists: Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. We know you just want the perfect music for a specific moment in time – and we’ve got you covered. There’s something for every mood, genre or moment.

We also know how much our users love to use their tablets for music at home. Unlike mobile devices, it turns out that tablets are becoming the new desktops. Tablets are where people lean in, search and build playlists. So, starting today, iOS and Android tablet users can enjoy the same great free Spotify experience that they’ve grown to love on their computer. Any song or album, on-demand at your fingertips. 

“Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” said Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder at Spotify. “Whether you're going to the gym, or having a party with friends. Just sit back and let Spotify serve you great music for every moment of your life.”

Spotify Premium continues to offer the ultimate listening experience with on-demand, ad-free access to your music in high quality, offline mode and effortless control of your home audio with Spotify Connect. Spotify is also available in its ad-supported, free version on all devices. Spotify is available to iOS and Android users right now, and can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play. 

Did we mention it’s free?


New Music Website 'Songeist' Throw First Showcase Gig

Songeist are throwing a spotlight on three artists featured on the site at their first UK showcase. The gig takes place this eve (4th of December) at the Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green. 

The hugely talented female singer songwriter Queen of Hearts will be headlining the intimate gig. Queen of Hearts has been compared to pop royalty such as Kylie and Alison Goldfrapp and has been critically acclaimed by the likes of The Guardian and Q Magazine.

Indie outfit Dance a la Plage and Brit School graduate Louis Centioni will also be sharing the stage and performing a live set.

The event is open to all music fans, to get a place on the guest list users just need to register their email address here:

About Songeist:

Songeist is the new home of emerging music. The site makes it easy to discover, share and download the best up-and-coming artists before you’ve heard them anywhere else. 

Built by artists for artists, Songeist is a simple and easy to use site, giving bands the best possible tool to promote themselves, find new fans and further their career.

Songeist gives the power back to the musicians with a flexible pricing model. Artists are able to set and change their own prices anytime knowing Songeist will only take 12p per track download. Fans can be confident knowing they are directly supporting the acts they love.

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Artist links:

Queen of Hearts: 

Dance a la Plage:

Louis Centioni:

Songeist Showcase, December 2013.