Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa (pictured below) are just two of artists that are making millions from music being played in the background at “industrial premises,” or sites such as Amazon. PRS for Music, which is responsible for paying out royalties to artists, says they saw a 113.8 percent increase in revenue for Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” and Lipa’s “Levitating.” Other most played warehouse hits in the United Kingdom included, Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves,” and more. The background music at ‘industrial premises’ generated £18.1million in the U.K., while royalties for live music decreased by 29 percent in 2021.
The truth is that music played in stores and businesses isn’t FREE. Business and industry are charged as these companies are visited by representatives who determine if you’re using the artists intellectual property to enhance your business experience or entertain your workers. Next time you’re in a department store, pay attention to what you’re hearing. No matter what music it is, the stores pays a monthly fee just to be able to provide it.
Do you work in an industrial setting? What song do you hear most? What type of music do you listen to while you work?