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Thom Yorke slams Spotify

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Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, has pulled all of his solo music from Spotify after attacking the streaming service on Twitter.

SpotifyYorke, alongside long-time producer Nigel Godrich, lambasted Spotify for how little it does to support new music, claiming that “the art will suffer” if the current model doesn’t change.

The front-man has withdrawn all of his solo music along with that made by his latest band, Atoms for Peace. Citing standing up for fellow musicians as his motive, Yorke tweeted: “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples.”

In a series of tweets retweeted by Yorke, his producer Godrich said: “New artists get paid fuck all with this model... It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”

He added: “It’s money for old rope. But making new recorded music needs funding.”

Currently, that funding isn’t coming from Spotify. According to the Guardian, artists make on average 0.4p from one of their songs being streamed. A million plays of a song on Spotify only works out at about £3,800 for the artist.

Thom Yorke famously put Radiohead’s album In Rainbows online, allowing people to pay however much they wanted for it. Since coming under criticism for his decision to withdraw his music, he tweeted: “For me In Rainbows was a statement of trust. People still value new music... that’s all we’d like from Spotify. Don’t make us the target.”

Some fans have criticised the decision, claiming that Spotify allowed them to fall in love with music that they later paid for. Others have stood by Yorke and Godrich’s decision, with one fan tweeting: “It takes guys like you to speak up for others to take notice.”

Spotify offers millions of songs for streaming over the internet, either for free or on a paid unlimited service, with Pink Floyd recently adding their entire back catalogue to the service.

Major artists yet to offer their music on Spotify include The Beatles, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.




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