Mariah Carey's Earnings On Spotify After Record-Breaking Day Reveal Just How Little Artists Make From The Streaming Service
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The world of music has reached new highs and lows in the aftermath of the internet revolution. Our connected world has made it easier for musicians to get their music to fans without the need for a record label or expensive recording equipment.

However, it's also made it more difficult to get paid.


Case in point: Mariah Carey had a stellar month, with her single "All I Want for Christmas is You" topping the charts again.

Who hasn't listened to that song this year?




The song always makes a resurgence around the holidays and has proven to be one of the most popular modern classics for Christmas. It is so popular that on Christmas Eve, the song broke the one-day streaming record on Spotify with nearly 11 million streams. That's more than 120 listens every second.

How much would you expect such a track to earn? How about $92,000? At most. Spotify pays rights holders between 0.6 and 0.84 cents per play, according to an article from TIME. This would put the maximum payout for the one-day stream at under $92,400.

This is one of the most popular songs of all time, with a world-famous artist, at the only time of year it can hit those numbers.







Mariah Carey isn't hurting for money. She's a big enough name that her concerts draw in millions, and is sitting at an estimated net worth of over half a billion dollars. But this does show what breaking into the music industry is like for someone who isn't well established.

Again, the issue is not about Mariah Carey specifically.



And it's not like streaming services are optional either. The Economist shows that music streaming is now the biggest generator of revenue. Programs like Spotify have reversed the revenue drops the music industry have been experiencing since the mid-2000s, and pay out nearly 70% of their revenue in royalties. But as new artists try to break onto the scene, they are vying for a much smaller piece of a much smaller pie than established artists.

After all, if one of the most popular songs only earns tens of thousands of dollars with more streams then most indie musicians might see in their lifetime, how are they supposed to make this a career?

People Divulge What Depression Really Feels Like To Them
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TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains sensitive content about depression and mental health.

As the stigma around mental health lessens (however slowly), people are more forthcoming about the problems they are facing. One of the most common mental health issues is depression.

Depression can affect many different types of people. Factors such as gender, race, nationality, and even age have no bearing on whether someone suffers from depression or not.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, "...an estimated 3.8% of the population affected, including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years..."

Depression displays in certain patterns, such as mood changes, physical difficulties, and social isolation. However, depression manifests differently in different people and feels different to different people.

Reddit users divulged what depression felt like to them when Redditor iodineseaspray asked:

"What does depression feel like to you?"

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People Share The Most F**ked Up Animal Facts They Know
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Animals are sources of endless fascination.

Particularly in their natural habitat.

But while most people like to admire animals from afar, others like to know more about what goes on when they're not being watched.

And more often than not, what they find is shocking, to say the least.

Redditor Shoggy was eager to learn the most out there, unbelievable facts people have learned about various animals, leading them to ask:

What are some f**ked up animal facts?
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People Who've Changed Their Opinion On Something After Doing Research Share Their Experiences
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Have you ever rolled your eyes as a friend tried to convince you to try the latest fad, eat at a restaurant that had not appealed to you, or watch a movie or TV show that didn't spark your fancy?

Then, after reading about it more, discover it was all that was missing from your life?

Or, on the flip side, have you ever stopped watching what was once your favorite TV show, eating at your favorite restaurant, or partaking in the fad of the moment, upon learning a little more about it?

They say ignorance is bliss, and perhaps the saying is accurate.

Reading up on various fads, foods and movies has the potential to permanently change our opinions of them, for better or worse.

Redditor Pineapple_WarpDrive was curious to know the many things fellow Reddit users changed their opinions on after a bit of research, leading them to ask:

"What is something you changed your stance on after learning more about it?"
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People Who Have Had A Run-In With A Serial Killer Share Their Experiences
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Serial killers capture the attention of the public.

"Serial killer" is recognized by the FBI as a distinct classification of murderer differing from a "mass murderer" or "spree killer" or "contract killer."

Documentaries, books, TV shows and films have all been made about the lives and crimes of these killers—many of their names are part of pop culture.

But what about the people who lived to tell about their encounter with a killer? What were these killers like day to day?

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