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Radiohead Frontman Takes His Music off Spotify

by TonyBerkman (editor), Costa Rica, July 15, 2013

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Thom Yorke, frontman for Radiohead, has taken the stand that Spotify is not in the best interest of musicians.

Spotify the music streaming service is the rage though Radiohead's frontman Thom Yorke has taken a strong position that the streaming music service is not in the best interest of musicians.

It all started yesterday, when producer Nigel Godrich started tweeting negative things about Spotify. Then Yorke like a good musician picked up on the tune and and pulled all of his solo music and music from his band Atoms For Peace from Spotify.

Godrich's argument and agreed to in most by Yorke: Godrich is that:

"It's bad for new music. ... The reason is that new artists get paid f--- all with this model.. Millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars.. Not like radio at all. ... Pink floyds catalogue has already generated billions of dollars for someone(not necessarily the band) so now putting it on a streaming site makes total sense.. But if people had been listening to spotify instead of buying records in 1973... I doubt very much if dark side would have been made.. It would just be too expensive. ... streaming suits catalogue.. But cannot work as a way of supporting new artists work."

He continued: "Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples."

The Guardian reports that Spotify will pay an artist around$5,700 per song that manages to get one million streams. One million! New artist? You're right if you guessed that most do not get anywhere near that many streams. Spotify has responded to the attacks and pointed out that Yorke's music can still be streamed on YouTube and made the statement that:

"Spotify's goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for [as unlimited streaming requires a paid subscription], and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music." Am I missing something or did Spotify not come close to addressing the issue at hand?



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4 comments on Radiohead Frontman Takes His Music off Spotify

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By Barbara MacDonald on July 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

Interesting...I have tried to get on to Spotify, but seems it is not accessable in Canada...they need to fix this I think...if the site envolved music I am there...oh by the way have you found why I can no longer embed a video.

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By TonyBerkman on July 21, 2013 at 09:25 pm

Barbara I didn't know that Spotify is only available in certain countries though I guess with all the laws it makes sense.

What's the cause for the video problem?

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By Barbara MacDonald on July 21, 2013 at 09:47 pm

I have no clue why it is not working for the last 4 or 5 articles I have written...I know I am doing exactly what I always have, so something has changed somehow. Hopefully you can have this fixed? Thanks

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By TonyBerkman on July 22, 2013 at 01:02 am

I haven't changed anything yet though do know that to embed a video is far to ridiculously complex. I will be getting that fixed in the next few weeks so that it's simple to embed a video with just the url.

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