‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Says 80 Million Spotify Streams in 2023 Earned Him Enough To Buy ‘A Nice Sandwich’

Spotify has routinely received heavy criticism from artists over the miniscule royalties they receive from the platform when their song is streamed.

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As Spotify users shared their annual Spotify Wrapped roundups, some might’ve gotten a special ‘thank you’ message from Yankovic himself if they ended up streaming enough of his songs throughout the year.

‘I just want to thank you all for your amazing support. It’s my understanding that I had over 80 million streams on Spotify this year,’ the musician said. ‘So, if I’m doing the math right, that means I earned $12, so enough to get myself a nice sandwich at a restaurant.’

Spotify has routinely received heavy criticism from artists over the miniscule royalties they receive from the platform when their song is streamed.

Spotify will reportedly be updating its royalty policy in 2024 to change the minimum number of streams that warrant a royalty payment. It will also increase the minimum length of a qualifying track from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It’s unclear if the monetary amount of royalty payments will increase overall.

Yankovic closed out his message with some cheeky gratitude: ‘So, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for your support and thanks for the sandwich.’