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How Much Do Songwriters Make In Royalties?

How Much Do Songwriters Make In Royalties?

Inspired by The-Dream's recent boast that he made $15 million off of writing Rihanna's "Umbrella," Rolling Stone decided to dive into figuring out how much money songwriters actually make when a pop hit takes off, and the results might be a bit disappointing to those of us who thought it was reasonable for The-Dream to clear $15 million on "Umbrella."

Apparently, around $600,000 is the more likely sum that Dream cleared on "Umbrella," but that's pretty high compared to the writers of some other mega hits. RS has a list of ten big recent songs, and how much the songwriters likely made on them, and it's over here to look at. Did you know the dude that wrote "Closing Time" also helped write "Someone Like You"? You do now. And also, the fact that Will.i.am made so much money on "Boom Boom Pow" is the worst. Ever.


Dan Wilson, Co-Writer, Adele's 'Someone Like You'

TRACK SALES: 3.9 million

ALBUM SALES: 5.8 million

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $882,700

 

Lady Gaga, Co-Writer, 'Poker Face'

TRACK SALES: 6.5 million

ALBUM SALES: 1.5 million

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $728,000 

 

The-Dream, Co-Author, Rihanna's 'Umbrella'

TRACK SALES: 4 million

ALBUM SALES: 2.72 million

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $611,520  

 

Mark Foster, writer, Foster the People's 'Pumped Up Kicks'

TRACK SALES: 3.8 million

ALBUM SALES: 671,000

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $406,861  


Cee Lo Green, Co-Writer, 'Fuck You!'

TRACK SALES: 5.4 million

ALBUM SALES: 458,000

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $533,078  

 

Taylor Swift, Writer, 'Speak Now'

TRACK SALES: 485,000

ALBUM SALES: 3.9 million

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $399,035  

 

Will.i.am, Co-Writer, 'Boom Boom Pow'

TRACK SALES: 6.3 million

ALBUM SALES: 3.15 million

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $859,950

 

Benny Blanco, co-writer, 'Moves Like Jagger'

TRACK SALES: 4.1 million

ALBUM SALES: 928,000

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $457,548

 

Eminem, Co-Writer, 'Love the Way You Lie'

TRACK SALES: 5.3 million

ALBUM SALES: 4.2 million

TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $864,500 

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