Music streaming has driven down the costs for consumers, but artists are still feeling the pinch.
During last week's Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, high-profile singers expressed their frustration at streaming services, record labels and regulators, for not compensating artists properly, but admitted new technology could be key in helping them win.
"It's a good thing in that music is being consumed more now than ever before, it's easier to get the music out to the fans. The thing that has to catch up is the licensing laws. They are literally 74 years old which makes no sense because everything about music evolves daily," Grammy award winner Ne-Yo, told CNBC in an interview on Thursday.
"That has me in a negative place really. All songwriters are asking for is a level playing ground, we just want what we are owed."
It's the latest criticism of the new state of music where streaming continues to grow rapidly. Digital music revenues now overtook sales of physical formats for the first time in 2015, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the body that represents the recorded music industry. Streaming revenues account for about 43 percent or $2.9 billion, of the $6.7 billion made from total digital music sales.