Pop star Taylor Swift and Google's YouTube are behind the continued complaints from music artists who believe they are not being paid enough by streaming services, the chief executive of Deezer told CNBC on Tuesday.
Deezer is a French music streaming service that has about 6 million subscribers and offers a paid 9.99 euro ($11.30) a month subscription plan.
Streaming services have been hit with controversy over the amount they pay artists. But Deezer's founder said that it's actually video platforms like YouTube which are responsible for the small remuneration that artists receive.
"When you look at services like YouTube, which has a massive distribution, (it) pays less than we are even paying to the music labels in terms of revenues. There are other issues we need to fix first in order to help the artist," Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO of Deezer, told CNBC.
"I think we should close the value gap between YouTube and what they pay and us … If Taylor Swift doesn't want to go on streaming but stays on YouTube, it doesn't help us."
Albrecht was referring to the 2014 incident in which pop megastar Taylor Swift, pulled her albums from rival service Spotify. Her music is still on Apple Music, however.
Google did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.