Nigel Goodrich and Thom Yorke pull albums from Spotify in protest at business model
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Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich have announced the removal of the Atoms for Peace album, Amok and Yorke's The Eraser from Spotify in protest against the company’s business model. In a flurry of tweets, Godrich explained the reasons behind the move.
"The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model. It's an equation that just doesn't work," he wrote. "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. . . . Plus people are scared to speak up or not take part as they are told they will lose invaluable exposure if they don't play ball. Meanwhile millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars. Not like radio at all."
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. Plus people are scared to speak up or not take part as they are told they will lose invaluable exposure if they don't play ball.”
"If people had been listening to Spotify instead of buying records in 1973... I doubt very much if [Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon] would have been made.. It would just be too expensive.”
Yorke added, "Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples."
Neither artist expects this move to change anything overnight – indeed Godrich described it as a "small meaningless rebellion”. But at least we can start to consider if we actually value investment and a fair wage in our love of music.