Digital radio

Q3 2014

Everybody’s streaming

Growing tired of AM/FM radio’s practice of placing a few tracks in heavy rotation? It has a way of making you hate the very song you claimed was your favorite release of the year just last month. What does one have to do to hear some new tunes? We know: stream!

More and more music lovers are getting hip to the game and turning to digital radio to discover new artists and new music. But don’t take our word for it — more streaming equals an increase in royalty payments to artists and record labels. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it!

SoundExchange 2014 year-to-date payments


Paid to recording artists and record labels

Our largest Q3 payment to date

Paid in Q3 2014

Percentage increase in SoundExchange payments from Q3 2013 to Q3 2014

Q3 2013:
25,836 payees
Q3 2014:
31,376 payees
= 2,000 payees

Increase in number of payees from Q3 2013 to Q3 2014

Digital radio provider spotlight:

Launched in September 2012 as “people—powered radio”


Users can create their own stations based on music in a pre-existing library.

Each station has its own feature page listing user-added songs starting with the most recent.

Users can access a list of station listeners to connect with those of similar music taste.

Mobile app users can select steaming quality based on the availability of Wi-Fi.

Suggested Stations

  • 1.

    SoundExchange camped out on the Interlocking Music Festival grounds in Arrington, Va. to ensure Lockn’ showcasing acts are registered to get paid their digital performance royalties. Check out the sounds of this year’s performers on Lockn’ Festival Radio.
  • 2.

    Bummed that summer’s over? Tune into that summer feeling… and get to reminiscing!
  • 3.

    The highly-anticipated sequel to 2013’s box office smash, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” hits theatres November 20. What better time to revisit the Hunger Games Soundtrack than now?

The SoundExchange effect

SoundExchange reported payouts of $590.4 M to artists and copyright owners at 2013 year-end. As of the close of the third quarter of 2014, SoundExchange has bypassed that amount.

$590.4 M
Jan-Dec 2013
$590.6 M
Jan-Sept 2014

Matt Goss listens to digital radio just like you

For the past five years, international superstar, Matt Goss, has been the headlining act at the iconic Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. But the British crooner with the vintage sound recently made his way from Sin City to Washington, DC and paid SoundExchange a visit. Check out this video clip to hear his sentiments on digital radio!

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SoundExchange is the independent non-profit organization created for the digital age. SoundExchange ensures that recording artists and recording companies are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.

SoundExchange royalties are paid by more than 2,500 non-interactive Internet radio, satellite radio and cable radio services for their use of sound recordings. These royalties are distributed by SoundExchange directly to the recording artists and record labels that earn them.