Le­gal down­loads, CDS

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Gang­nam Style has been down­loaded 2.7 mil­lion times in the U.S. and has been the No. 1 or No. 2 seller for most weeks since its de­but, ac­cord­ing to Nielsen SoundS­can.

The song sells for $1.29 on Ap­ple’s iTunes Store, the mar­ket leader in song down­loads. Ap­ple gen­er­ally keeps about 30 per cent of all sales, so the PSY camp could be due more than $2.4 mil­lion.

How much PSY keeps and how much goes to his man­agers, staff and record la­bel is un­clear. South Korean in­dus­try in­sid­ers said PSY likely gets 70 per cent and YG En­ter­tain­ment 30 per cent for U.S. down­loads.

But earn­ings from down­loads in PSY’s home­land are far from an em­bar­rass­ment of riches.

South Kore­ans pay less than $10 a month for a sub­scrip­tion to a mu­sic ser­vice that al­lows them to down­load hun­dreds of songs or have un­lim­ited ac­cess to a mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice.

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