Youtube has certainly become the target of everyone’s frustration as music sales continues to be on a downslide. But rather than targeting this search engine mega monster, why not look at how you can benefit from the popular social platform who took fire away from MTV (who rarely paid artists anything) and brought entertainment to the world via a simple little app you could get on your phone.
The following is a list of artists who are making money on youtube and continue to make money every day. They not only make money from streams, the fan base they build supports their music careers via funding sources outside of the platform. The big lesson to learn is that Independent Artists have the power to be just as popular on youtube as main stream artists and the best thing is, they don’t have those huge career expenses to support just to keep it all going.
If you want great examples of how each artist has made money to inspire your own channel ideas and online music career, listen to the audio as you look at the comparisons below.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”
The curb of income has a lot of factors depending on what country the clip is viewed in and how long the video is watched. Currently made: $668,000 with 456,788,168 views since March 20, 2013 . His channel currently 1.444 million subscribers, that’s 707 million views on just 47 videos averaging 8.13 million views per month.
Pink “Just Give Me A Reason”
575,886,160 views since February 5, 2013 hearing $842,000 with 5.9 million subscribers. Continuing to gain 4,000 new subscribers daily. 28.3 million monthly views.
Angie Johnson :
Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnson’s killer cover of “Rolling in the Deep” went viral generating so much buzz that she landed a spot on Ellen and then was offered an audition by NBC producers of “The Voice”. She was picked by Cee Lo for his team and developed a huge fan base on which she raised more than $36,000 from just 633 of her new youtube fans toward producing an original album: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1096631174/help-angie-johnson-of-the-voice-make-a-recording?play=1&ref=search
Jackie Evancho :
Jacqueline Marie “Jackie” Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts.
Stats: 256K per video with a total 22.8 million views: Her version of “O holy Night” generated
$4,847.94 with 3 million views. To date she has 47,500 subscribers proving that you don’t have to have a ton of subscribers to be an income earner on youtube. Last new video launched 3 month ago 614K views earning the artist just under 1,000 so far but continuing to drive views to her channel filled with tons of video content.
Lindsey Stirling Violinist:
Hit youtube in 2007 Combining her love of classical music with EDM, hip-hop, and dubstep, violinist, dancer, and performance artist Lindsey Stirling is best known for videos she posts to her YouTube channel. Her music video, “Crystallize” finished as the eighth-most watched video of 2012 and her cover version of “Radioactive” with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013. Stirling achieved one million singles sold worldwide by August 2014. As of July 2016, her Lindseystomp YouTube channel exceeded 8 million subscribers and over a billion total views. Stirling has been named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 In Music.
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