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Imagine Dragons play pop-up show at the Writers Guild of America strike

10 May 2023, 12:22 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The Writers Guild of America strike began eight days ago, on 2 May, and shows no signs of easing up.

Snoop Dogg recently showed his support at a panel discussion at the Milken Institute, noting that the world of streaming is making it increasingly difficult for people to reap the rewards of their work.

"The writers are striking because [of] streaming. They can’t get paid. Because when it’s on the platform, it’s not like in the box office. In the box office, if it does all these numbers, you may get a up. Oh, it did this many? Here’s another check! But on streaming, you got 300,000 hours, and somebody watched a movie. Where’s the money? And I know I’m going off of script right now, but fuck it. This is business. This is business. This is a room full of businesspeople, and somebody may hear this and be able to do something about it so that the next artist don’t have to struggle or cry or figure out how to get to his money."

Yesterday (9 May), Imagine Dragons turned up at the Netflix picket line to play a selection of acoustic songs, including “Radioactive” and “Whatever It Takes”. Later, vocalist Dan Reynolds told TMZ that he supports the strike. “We just want fair compensation for people who put in the time and are incredible creators…” he said. “We have many friends who are writers. The writers are the ones who make all of the magic happen… My greatest joy comes from these people.”

The Writers Guild of America are on strike for the first time in 15 years in a dispute over fair pay in the streaming era.

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