The Radiohead singer has pulled his music from the popular music streaming site, after blasting it on Twitter, in a protest over service payments to new artists.
Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 14, 2013
While Radiohead albums are still available to stream via Spotify, music by Yorke’s side project Atoms For Peace, as well as his solo album ‘The Eraser’, is no longer available. Yorke’s Atoms For Peace bandmember Nigel Godrich also spoke out in support, and was joined by British electronica artist Four Tet, who said “I had everything on my label taken off. Don’t want to be part of this crap.”
Spotify provides unlimited access to music streaming to users, for either a £5 or £10 monthly fee, on top of a free, albeit limited and ad-supported service. Musician D.A. Wallach of indie band Chester French, who is associated with the site, has tweeted saying they are still working hard to make sure Spotify is the most artist-friendly music company. In a statement released to the press, Spotify have stated that their 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.” They have also said that they want to “help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base, and make a living from the music which we all love.”