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?