Anna Lunoe: “$1.45 is not a lot to pay for a song”

There’s no doubting 2013 has been a nonstop year for Sydney-bred, L.A.-based Anna Lunoe. In between a very busy roster of shows, Lunoe’s graced the stage at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, supported cool dude The Weeknd on his big North American tour, signed to label juggernaut Ultra Music and dropped the killer new single Breathe.

That last notch on the belt, though, hasn’t been without it’s irritations. This afternoon, Lunoe took to Facebook for a lengthy post about the price of music. The crux of the argument? In the scheme of things, paying $1.45 for a track shouldn’t be that big of a deal. It’s a very-nicely-put post, so we’ll let Anna take it from here:

“So last night I posted a pretty impulsive statement about how people who think it’s unreasonable to pay $1.45 for a song shouldn’t be able to hear it. I wrote it after I had had a run of people quite aggressively complaining about paying $1.45 to buy my song on iTunes and I was frustrated. But my post wasn’t very explanatory and some people misinterpreted what I meant. I decided to take it down because I was at dinner with friends and I didn’t want to spend all night on my phone explaining what my point was, but I would like to clear it up now. If you still disagree with me then that is fair enough!

Everyone expects art and music to be free now. It’s understandable in a way, as we are flooded with so much music, and you can rip anything online. Plus you hear how Afrojack made 10 billion dollars last month so why should you pay for it? I have happily given away a lot of my music free on this page, but when people are writing to me angrily about spending $1.45 on a song that they want, something needs to be said.

With months of hard work aside, making and marketing music is NOT free for an artist. To get our music to you, we need record labels to believe in us, and help pay for the cost of recording music and creating videos. Even with the label’s help, a lot of the cost comes out of our own pockets. The label is making the most of that $1.45, but if our fans choose not to pay it, record labels simply cannot afford to develop us.

At the end of the day I guess it comes down to what is important to you. Personally I love making music, and this is not about being greedy… BUT diversity in the music landscape is hugely important to me. If you think you might like to be exposed to music other than songs aimed at the top 40, would like to one day be an artist yourself, or perhaps you’d like to have a job in a creative industry, then you would probably agree that $1.45 is not a lot to pay for a song at all.

To those who support my music, thanks! I hope to bring you lots more of it.