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Published: 2013/06/14

Pink Floyd’s Spotify Gimmick

Pink Floyd have announced that they will put their entire catalog on Spotify as soon as the title track to the their 1975 album Wish You Were Here hits 1 million listens on the service.┬áThe band had made a limited selection of their albums available for streaming through Spotify for some time, but right now “Wish You Were Here” is the only track that is available. News of the gimmick came via the band’s Twitter account.

While Spotify signed a deal with Pink Flyod’s label, EMI Records, in 2011, the band’s full catalog was not included in that deal. The band also sued EMI in 2010 when the record label allowed single-song sales of Pink Floyd’s catalog on iTunes, as opposed to strictly full-album downloads. The band lost that suit.

You can help get Pink Floyd’s full discography on Spotify by streaming “Wish You Here” via the embedded player below.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

dk70 June 14, 2013, 15:59:43

Video killed the radio star. ITunes killed the concept album. (record stores and sound quality, too).

steelbreeze June 14, 2013, 16:37:44

No one will ever make a concept album like Pink Floyd. The record companies just do not want it.

Jay June 14, 2013, 17:47:49

Not that PF didn’t make the BEST concept records, you could argue that every Coheed album is a concept record. Labels put out what the people buy and both bands served that niche. I wonder if Spotify has to pay an adjusted fee per stream of WYWH. Otherwise, it’s a brilliant move to put Spotify over the barrel and make them pay a nice sum for all those streams before they allow the rest of the library. That or this is how Spotify is able to raise the funds to afford the PF library.

jimmy June 14, 2013, 17:55:57

Neurosis makes great concept records and also releases a companion record under the Tribes of Neurot name which are meant to played simultaneously with the Neurosis records, and they aren’t as boring a PF

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