The Who’s Roger Daltrey Slams Paltry Streaming Royalties

"The internet makes it look like musicians should work for nothing."

By Hayden Wright

What do Taylor SwiftNikki Sixx and the Who’s Roger Daltrey have in common? They’ve all raised their voices to critique the way modern listening platforms compensate artists. Recently, Daltrey spoke out during an interview with Rolling Stone, calling the dearth of fair payment “the biggest robbery in history.”

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“The internet makes it look like musicians should work for nothing,” he said. “Musicians are getting robbed every day. The internet is a slowly but surely destructive thing. I don’t think it’s improved people’s lives. It’s just made them do more work and feel like they’re wanted a bit more, but it’s all bollocks.”

While Daltrey is less-than-impressed with the economy of streaming, he says he’s looking forward to the Who’s participation in the October “mega-festival” featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and more.

“I think it’s a wonderful accolade to the music,” he said. “Here they are all of these years later, 50-plus years later, still drawing massive audiences, still out there playing, and the music seems to be meaning as much to a younger generation as well for all those artists that are on there as it did in the day. I think that’s a remarkable achievement for any musician.”

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