April 26, 2014


Jared Leto Says Music Streaming Is Unfair for Artists

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV

Although 30 Seconds to Mars' catalog is available on Spotify, Jared Leto isn't too happy about the financial compensation.

In the band's new documentary Artifact, the Oscar winner gives his take on the contentious issue of music streaming.

"We all know that as content creators—artists and musicians—a great deal of our work is going to be streamed, but the issue is that artists are getting the short end of the stick," Leto said. "The streaming companies are paying record labels, but record labels are not paying artists. I'd welcome anybody to debate that."

Aside from financial concerns, Leto believes there's also a problem with the way content-streaming services allow people to experience art. "It's the sort of thing where sometimes you watch a movie on Netflix, and if it's not good in the first five minutes, you're likely to just turn it off and go look for something else, not knowing that if you put in the time, maybe 30 minutes later, your mind will be blown," the 30STM singer said.

Leto makes it clear that he's not trying to fight the future—he just wants a fair deal. "I think artists don't have a seat at the table when it comes to being part of the conversation about the future of technology and creativity," he said. "There's a blueprint being made and artists should be part of the design."