Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace Pull Tracks From Spotify
Atoms for Peace has removed its music from Spotify and blasted the music service as being "bad for new music."
The band, which features Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, revealed the move in a series of Twitter posts by band member Nigel Godrich. He writes, "We're off of Spotify... Can't do that no more man... Small meaningless rebellion. Someone gotta (sic) say something. It's bad for new music...
"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.
"Streaming suits catalogue... But cannot work as a way of supporting new artists' work... Spotify and the like either have to address that fact and change the model for new releases or else all new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet. They have no power without new music."
Thom Yorke added, "Make no mistake, new artists you discover on Spotify will no (sic) get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples (sic). We're standing up for our fellow musicians."
According to CNET, Spotify replied in a statement that it has paid out $500 million for music rights and is projected to pay around $1 billion by the end of the year.
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