Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace pull music off Spotify

As of Sunday, Atoms for Peace's "Amok", Ultraista's self-titled album and Thom Yorke's "The Eraser" are no longer streaming on Spotify.

Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace pull music off Spotify

Thom Yorke, member of Atoms for Peace.
Thom Yorke, member of Atoms for Peace.

As of Sunday, Atoms for Peace’s Amok, Ultraista’s self-titled album and Thom Yorke’s The Eraser are no longer streaming on Spotify.

Atoms for Peace and Ultraista band member Nigel Godrich made the announcement in a long-winded series of tweets yesterday afternoon:

“Anyway. Here's one. We're off of spotify.. Can't do that no more man.. Small meaningless rebellion.”

“Someone gotta say something. It's bad for new music..”

“The reason is that new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work”

“The music industry is being taken over by the back door.. and if we don't try and make it fair for new music producers and artists...”

“..then the art will suffer. Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system..”

“The numbers don't even add up for spotify yet.. But it's not about that.. It's about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable”

“Meanwhile small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right”

And that’s not even half of his rant. He goes on to say that music is so costly to make, especially if you require skilled technicians and studio time. Although money isn't the main issue, he points out that musician's are getting a small fraction of the streaming profits; he says, "Millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars.. Not like radio at all.."

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Spotify has responded to Nigel Godrich's protest:

Spotify's goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music...  We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base, and make a living from the music we all love.

Right now we're still in the early stages of a long-term project that's already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music. We've already paid US$500M to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach US$1bn. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music.

We're 100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.

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