Thom Yorke pulls his music off Spotify because new bands don’t get paid enough’Thom Yorke  has pulled his music from Spotify  saying that new artists don’t get paid properly.


Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has pulled his solo songs and those with his group Atoms For Peace from music streaming service Spotify, complaining that “new artists get paid fuck all with this model”.


Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich took to Twitter to express their annoyance at the business model for new artists, and explain their reasoning.


“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,”Godrich, whose production credits include albums for Radiohead and Paul McCartney, tweeted. “Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right.”


He continued: “Streaming suits [back] catalogue. But [it] 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. [Streaming services] have no power without new music.”


He is right of course- Spotfiy are fmaous for paying very little but the money situation was never helped when Radiohead fmaously gave away their album for free on the internet or a ‘pay what you will’  contribution making everyone who was out there trying to sell underground music suddenly look very greedy for trying to sell their album for break even or slightly above.

It was easy to give the album away when you are already loaded and have a major label backing you and building you up from scratch and the giveaway may have contributed to the current malaise that can see Spotify give away music…


What do you think? is Thom right? did he help create this situation? is music worth anything any more? do Spitify not pay enough?



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  1. awww didums

    guess he will have to wait a month longer than normal to buy that solid gold private jet

  2. I think this is a case of ‘damned if you do-damned if you don’t’. When artists of a certain cailbre make a stand they are often slated “bloody multi-millionaires” etc etc but when they don’t they are slated for NOT taking a stand. In regards to the release of In Rainbows, the band at the time were very vocal in their belief that this was not a model for everyone especially up and coming musicians. They (Radiohead) just did it as an experiment to see if they could could out the middle man as there was a massive delay between an album being recorded and it finally getting to the shops. The fact they then did a standard release which sold very well speaks volumes. The basic fact is that the internet has caused this slowly over time (illegal download sites, leaks etc), and for some reason, a lot of people now believe music should be free. This is not the cause of a specific artist/band, this is just something that has grown over time. We seem to be getting more and more into a “the world owes me everything” frame of mind. The ME ME ME generation is in full swing and by doing what they have (Yorke and Godrich) they have started a massively important debate. Agree or disagree, at least we are talking about it. If a new artist had done this the issue would have had no press. I’m sure there are many out there that are glad that they have done this. I also believe that the people slating them for it do so out of just a dislike for the music other than the topic (look at all the “miserable, moaning,crap band” comments in the comments section on social network sites. Like the flack that greeted the journalist who slated the Beady Eye album (who got called “middle-class” on the basis that he didn’t “get” Liam and Co’s new one), there is a lot of band-wagon jumping being made by people who either a) haven’t read the comments properly (Godrich actually says that that Spotify is fine for people with back cat) or b) just dislike the musicians who are involved. People should look into the full facts before commenting and if they then still disagree post an educated opinion

  3. It is worth noting that any attempt towards fairness in artist’s renumeration from recordings has historically been a struggle. It takes those with an amount of power, both financially and with a media voice, to change the balance. Royalty payments from traditional sources have slowly improved over time because rich and powerful Artists made a stand.
    Streaming is a baby business but one that looks like will be playing an increasing role in the future music business landscape.
    Yorke and Godrich are right to use their position to bring attention back to this debate.
    We also need to look at whether it is fair for 3rd party rights holders to renumerate Artists on the same percentage rate as they do for sales alongside the actual rates the streaming services pay.

  4. There’s still a total lack of trust in the industry, it only serves to cloud the issues in my opinion as outlined here: httpss://


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