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Pink Floyd drummer sings Spotify's praises, says streaming 'might work' for artists

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Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
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The surviving members of Pink Floyd — guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters, and drummer Nick Mason — may not have come together as a whole very often over the past three decades. But that didn't stop them from collectively blasting Pandora for supposedly cutting musician royalties. While there's no word if their attitude towards Pandora has changed, at least one member of the band is warming to the streaming age of music. Mason sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview in London and said that "streaming is also beginning to look as though it might work for the artist." Mason said that initially streaming felt like "another form of piracy, but it's beginning to become a commercial possibility."

Pandora didn't come up at all in the interview, but it appears Pink Floyd is happy with its new relationship with Spotify, who Mason mentioned several times. "Spotify for us was a success," he said. "A lot of people have been streaming our music, and importantly also a lot of people who weren't yet familiar with our music." And while the band's music has been available on iTunes for years, Mason feels that Apple's music juggernaut is on a "downward trend."

Even if streaming is working, Mason still thinks it can be better for artists, and he thinks that could come from greater collaboration between musicians and their record labels."We'd like to see a standard rate of at least 50/ 50 split between the record company and the artist [for streaming revenues]," Mason says. He also feels that both the labels and the artists would benefit from an increased presence by musicians on the board of record labels to make sure their voices are heard. That said, he definitely believes that the labels are the weak link that need to catch up with how consumers and artists create and consume music. "Record companies need to work more... with artists," Mason says, "or they will lose out."