Do Artists Get Paid When Their Song Plays On The Radio?

Our weekly check in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensDecember 9, 2015 9:30 am

Anyone who’s turned to a music station has the heard that song – the one that plays over and over again. Maybe it’s annoying for the listener, but all that replay must be good for the artists right?

According to musician Kevin Russell, artists in the U.S. don’t get squat. Is that a fact?

Singing the truth is Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.

Russell, who leads the band Shinyribs, said U.S. radio stations “don’t compensate the artists and musicians who make the music played by those stations. That needs to change. In almost every other country in the world, artists and musicians are paid when their music is played on the radio. In fact, the only countries besides the U.S. who do not have a radio-performance right are China, Iran and North Korea.”

See how Russell’s claim rated in the audio player above.