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Spotify Royalty Calculator – The Ultimate Stream Calculator

By Matthew Vultaggio

December 21, 2020

The only Spotify royalty calculator or Spotify stream calculator on the web that can check your Spotify royalties and teach you how to grow your Spotify streams.

However, checking your estimated Spotify streaming royalties is only step 1.

The best way to grow Spotify stats, stream counts, and royalties are by:

  1. Learning how Spotify works.
  2. Learning how the Spotify algorithm works.
  3. Learning how to game the Spotify algorithm.

When you’re ready to finally up your Spotify game, simply read on, my friend. 🙂

How Much Does Spotify Pay Per Stream?

Spotify pays $0.004 USD per stream. However, this number is an average as Spotify can pay anywhere between $0.00331 USD and $0.00437 USD per stream.

Here are some common payouts that you can expect:

# of streamsAverage $Min $Max $
1$0.004 USD$0.00331 USD$0.00437 USD
1,000$4 USD$3.31 USD$4.37 USD
10,000$40 USD$33.10 USD$43.70 USD
1,000,000$4,000 USD$3,310 USD$4,370 USD

There are actually a lot of factors that can go into how much Spotify decides to pay you.

These include:

  1. Where in the world the stream came from.
  2. Whether the stream was from a premium or free Spotify user.
  3. If the stream was from a playlist with bots, click farms, and deactivated accounts.

To learn all the ins and outs of how Spotify pays its artists and how you can maximize your streams and Spotify royalties, simply read my article: How Much Does Spotify Pay Per Stream.

How Do Spotify Artists Get Paid?

Artists on Spotify do get paid royalties every time that their song is streamed. However, the pay rate can vary and artists only get their paycheck 2 – 3 months after the song was streamed.

In the previous section, we cover how and why the pay rate can vary.

But.. why 2 – 3 months?

I personally believe it takes Spotify 2 – 3 months to pay it’s artists because they want to confirm that all of the streams you received were legitimate and did not come from any fake playlists or fake streamers.

On top of this, artists don’t actually receive a paycheck directly from Spotify themselves…

Artists collect Spotify royalties and payments from a music distributor, who first collects the royalties directly from Spotify on your behalf.

That same music distributor is actually who helps artists upload their music on to Spotify in the first place!

To learn more about music distributors and how artists get paid on Spotify, check out my article, Do Spotify Artists Get Paid.

How To Avoid Fake Streams & Scams Like “Spotify Jedi”

In your journey of trying to become the ultimate artist on Spotify, you will inevitably encounter company after company that is trying to take advantage of you.

A perfect example of this is a company like Spotify Jedi, which is on the AVOID list of Unders’ fake Spotify services and music industry scams.

Some playlisting services are a scam because they offer to put artists on playlists filled with bots, click farm labor, and/or deactivated accounts in exchange for money.

So.. why is this a problem? Streams are streams, right?

WRONG.

Spotify can take away streams if they believe any streams are coming from fraudulent sources.

So.. why are companies doing scams like this?

Money.

As Spotify has grown more popular, bad actors have entered the mix trying to game the system by selling streams and making money off of artists.

Check out my article, Spotify Jedi – Scam Or Legit?, for more information on suspicious services and how you can spot them.

How To Use The Spotify For Artists Dashboard & App

The very best place to view your Spotify stats like streams, listeners, and followers is the Spotify For Artists dashboard and/or app.

Spotify For Artists is a service created by Spotify to help artists keep track of their stats, promote their music, and control their overall presence on Spotify.

To get access to the Spotify For Artists dashboard, you need to be a verified artist. You can do this by applying here or by using a music distributor that automatically gives you access, like DistroKid.

Once you get access, you can even:

  • Submit your music for editorial playlist consideration
  • Help guarantee the placement of your new releases on your Spotify follower’s weekly Release Radar playlists.
  • Get access to new features like Canvas and Wrapped.

To learn more, check out my article: Spotify For Artists – App & Dashboard Guide

The Best Way To Track Spotify Stats & Grow Spotify Streams: Spotify Tracker For Artists

The Spotify For Artists app allows you to check out quite a lot of your Spotify stats, however, there are quite a few limitations that are worth going over.

The main issue that you will inevitably encounter with the Spotify For Artists dashboard is that:

  1. You can’t see your song stats on a specific day
  2. It doesn’t calculate the important metrics that the Spotify algorithm is looking at when deciding what songs to push

A Spotify tracker for artists is a way for Spotify artists to leverage the data available in the Spotify For Artists dashboard to calculate the same stats the Spotify algorithm is looking at and help you grow your Spotify streams.

To learn more about Spotify stream trackers, download a free one, and learn how best to use it, check out my article: Spotify Tracker For Artists | The Best Way To Track Spotify Stats & Grow Spotify Streams.

How To Get On Spotify Editorial Playlists

In November 2020, I released a song called “Lofi Nights” that has been placed on 7 different Spotify editorial playlists (with one of the playlists having 1.5M followers).

Thanks to these playlist adds, this song has currently been streamed over 400,000 times:

So what exactly are Spotify editorial playlists?

Spotify editorial playlists are playlists on Spotify that are curated by Spotify’s music experts and genre specialists. Each playlist usually revolves around a theme such as a genre, sub-genre, mood, or even particular activities like working or running.

…And how exactly do you get on one of these juicy bad boys?

The trick to getting on Spotify editorial playlists is releasing music consistently and building up momentum by growing your streams release after release.

There’s definitely a bit more to it than that. So if you’d like to learn more, check out my article: Spotify Editorial Playlists | What They Are & How I Got On 7 Of Them. 🙂

Some of my favorite music marketing tools

Thank you for reading this article, my friend, and I hope you found it helpful as you build your own successful career in music. 🙂

Here is a list of my favorite and most recommended tools and resources that I’ve personally used to get my music streamed over 4,000,000 times on Spotify as an artist.

Any of the paid services or tools listed here are most likely affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a small commission.

But in all honesty, these are the exact tools that I personally use, love, and recommend to anyone – including my own friends and family.

Music Distribution

To get your music on Spotify on all the other streaming services, I use DistroKid because you get unlimited song uploads for a low annual price.

If you want to learn more about DistroKid and music distribution, check out the in-depth DistroKid review that I’ve put together.

Or, if you want to get started with DistroKid right now, you can save on your first year with the DistroKid discount.

Music Publishing Royalties Collection

For collecting all of the publishing, mechanical, and live performance royalties owed to me whenever my music gets streamed or played, my go-to is Songtrust.

Songtrust is a publishing administration company which means that in addition to collecting all of those royalties for me, they do it on a global level.

To learn if Songtrust is right for you, I’d recommend checking out this article on Songtrust vs BMI.

And if you want to get started with Songtrust right now, I’d recommend learning about the Songtrust discount code so that you can get the best price. 🙂

Website & Smart Links

I’m personally not a big fan of the link-in-bio and smart links for music pages like ToneDen and Hyppeddit.

Instead, I prefer having a full-blown WordPress website that allows me to have a full website in addition to unlimited music links.

For getting started with this, I really like Bluehost because it is the cheapest and a theme called Thrive Themes because it is the most flexible and easiest to use.

I’ve actually created a free Smart Links Course that you can take to learn how to get set up and start getting more streams with custom smart links (I’ve even included the templates I am using!).

Want more tools and resources for your music career?

If you’d like to see even more of my favorite marketing tools and resources for musicians and music artists, I’ve created an even larger list on this page: Best Marketing Tools & Resources For Musicians (& Music Artists).

P.S. There are even some free tools and resources included on that page as well! 🙂

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