Emily White and Glenn Peoples of Billboard reports on Atoms for Peace (AKA @nigelgod and Thom Yorke) pulling their group’s album from Spotify. Below are key quotes from the announcement (which like many things nowadays made news via Twitter). Ian Rogers (@iancr), CEO of the forthcoming Beats streaming service, and Jesse Von Doom (@jessevondoom) of Cash Music got involved in the debate and soon after Spotify made a public statement in response to the harsh criticisms.
Dubbed by Godrich as a “small meaningless rebellion,” his tweets called out Spotify as “bad for music,” adding “new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.”
“The numbers don’t even add up for spotify yet.” (Goodrich) Tweeted. “Yet,” being the key word.
“We’ve already paid US$500M to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach US$1bn.”
Spotify is “100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.”