U2’s Larry Mullen Jr says streaming services need to pay artists more


U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr. may not have too much to worry about when it comes to the group’s income from streaming but he certainly sees it as a problem for younger and lesser known artists.

Mullen recently talked with Ireland’s RTE 2FM’s Larry Gogan, telling him that the streaming companies must pay more. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service, and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more.”

This could actually be interpreted as an assault on one of U2’s biggest supporters, Apple. A few months ago, they started their own streaming music service to compete with the likes of Spotify. It’s not known if the company has taken any offense at Mullen’s statements.

Larry went on to label the music industry, as a whole, as broken. “A lot of younger artists don’t get paid. I think that’s a real problem.

“I think it’s a matter of time. I think a lot of these companies and the individuals that are involved in them realize that as well. They know that artists are not getting what they should be getting. The most important thing is that people who are going out there, songwriters, that they are able to earn a living from writing songs and releasing songs. The fact that they can’t, that just seems crazy to me.”