Cody Simpson has millions of fans, but that doesn’t always translate into record sales. In a recent interview the pop star talks about how his generation’s habit of downloading music for free affects him personally.
“It hurts a little bit,” Cody said. “When you make music, you work hard on it and it definitely hurts to have people just rip it.”
Although the Aussie singer has 3.7 million Twitter followers and his YouTube channel that has racked up an impressive 149 million video views, his recent album Paradise only made it to No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“It’s not the best,” Cody remarked about the practice of free downloading. “It’s the art that you’ve worked on for days and months at a time.”
But the 15-year-old also sees the benefits all of the exposure can bring. “It can lead to other things. They could listen to new music and want to come see you perform live, and stuff like that,” he said. “It all comes around.”