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Pandora Paid Linda Perry A Whopping $300 For Millions Of Plays Of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful'

06/19/2015 03:13 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2015

Streaming music services, like Spotify and Pandora, have garnered myriad criticism from artists who argue they take advantage of musicians by failing to properly compensate them. The most recent artist to blast such services is Linda Perry, who provided a telling example to HuffPost Live on Thursday about the lack of royalties she's received for Christina Aguilera's song "Beautiful," which she wrote.

In a conversation with host Nancy Redd about her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Perry described how the music industry is changing because consumers are not seeking "deep" music, and they don't buy what they're listening to. In this vein, she vehemently criticized sites like Pandora for "ripping people off left and right."

"Pandora played 'Beautiful' something like 30 million times. I got paid $300," Perry said.

Assuming Perry's numbers are right, this means she earned $0.00001 per play.

Watch the video above to hear more from Perry on how technology is changing the music industry, and click here to watch the full segment with Linda Perry here.

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