Don was on TV yesterday and revealed that American Pie is played 247 times every day on radio stations across the United States. Well let's figure out the royalities shall we. First the standard flat rate for each performance is 12 cents, BUT that is only if you are in the top 75% of radio stations who pay the highest royalities each year. If you are in the bottom 25%, you only pay 6 cents. College radio only pays 6 cents. For the sake of example, let's split the difference and say 9 cents. 247 x $.09 = $22.23 x 365 = $8,113.95 each year. Not bad for a song that is over 30 years old. Plus he still collects for his other tunes and also picks up revenue for selling his CD's and performing. That's how the biz works. Not all of us may like this simple truth, but there is no substitute for a hit record in the music biz. Luckily in this case American Pie was a song of substance - IMHO.